Case moves forward: 16-year-old accused of attacking relative

ESCANABA – A 16-year-old teen – arrested for assaulting a relative, attempting to set a house on fire, and resisting police – was recently bound over to circuit court as an adult.

Kyle Walter McDaniel, of 4844 Greenwood Drive, Escanaba, was arrested on three felony counts on March 18 after police responded to a domestic violence incident reported at the suspect’s residence in Wells Township.

McDaniel allegedly attacked a male relative who was later hospitalized for injuries including four broken ribs and a collapsed lung. When police arrived at the home, the doors were barricaded. After they gained entry, troopers put out a small fire inside the house allegedly set by McDaniel. When police attempted to arrest the teen, he allegedly assaulted and resisted them.

McDaniel appeared in probate court on March 29 when his attorney requested a motions hearing be scheduled to consider trying the teen as an adult in criminal court.

On April 11, Probate Court Judge Robert Goebel Jr. presided over the motions hearing. In a judgment announced earlier this week, Goebel said evidence was presented showing probable cause that the three offenses were committed and that the juvenile committed the crimes.

Goebel bound over the following three counts to circuit court: attempted arson of a dwelling; assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer; and felonious assault.

In Goebel’s ruling, he described the three offenses as “serious in nature.”

McDaniel’s attorney requested the waiver of jurisdiction to the adult criminal court because it allows the defendant the opportunity to plead not guilty by reason of insanity; circuit court could then order a forensic evaluation, according to Goebel’s ruling.

Following McDaniel’s arrest, the teen was lodged at Bay Pines Center, a juvenile detention center in Escanaba. Following the judge’s ruling this week, he was transferred to the general population at Delta County Jail.

A date for a pretrial conference has yet to be scheduled in circuit court.