Case now in circuit court for Evart man charged with child abuse

Marc Steven Hartnett
Marc Steven Hartnett

REED CITY — The case against an Evart man charged with multiple felonies for allegedly seriously injuring a child is now in Osceola County's 49th Circuit Court.

Marc Steven Hartnett, 20, of Evart, is charged with one count of first-degree child abuse, one count of torture and one count of assault with intent to murder.

Hartnett was set to have a preliminary examination on the charges last month, but instead his attorney waived the proceeding and had the case bound over to circuit court.

On Friday, Hartnett was re-arraigned on the charges in circuit court. No trial dates have been set at this time.

All three charges faced by Hartnett are felonies and carry maximum penalties of up to life in prison.

The charges stem from critical injuries sustained by a 19-month-old boy allegedly at the hands of Hartnett. According to court documents, the abuse happened on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Evart.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post Reed City detachment were dispatched shortly after midnight on Thursday, Sept. 24, to investigate the incident, in which a mother had returned home and found the boy unresponsive with severe injuries.

After the investigation, Hartnett, the mother’s boyfriend, was arrested for first-degree child abuse.

The child was transported by ambulance to Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital and then airlifted to DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. The child underwent surgery for life-threatening injuries, according to police.

The Osceola County Prosecutor has confirmed the child survived, but he could not comment of the current physical condition of the boy.

The child abuse charge states there was intentional serious physical harm done to a child, while the torture charge alleges “cruel or extreme physical or mental pain and suffering.”

Bond for Hartnett was denied when he was charged. He remains lodged at the Osceola County Jail.