Evart man charged with child abuse, torture

Marc Steven Hartnett
Marc Steven Hartnett

REED CITY   — An Evart man accused of seriously injuring a child was arraigned on multiple felony charges Friday in Osceola County's 77th District 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.

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."

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.

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 and remains in critical condition, according to police.

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

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

Hartnett requested a court-appointed attorney, which was granted by Osceola County Magistrate Dan Clise. Clise appointed Samuels Law Office to represent Hartnett.

A preliminary examination for Hartnett is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in Osceola County's 77th District Court. Because of the severity of the charges, Clise denied bond to Hartnett.