Brighton Area Man Gets Jail For Child Abuse; Supporters Protest Sentence

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(WLNS) – A Brighton area man was sentenced to one year in prison and three years probation for child abuse.

According to our media partners at WHMI, 38-year-old Joshua Burns was convicted of second degree child abuse in connection with an incident that occurred last March. Burns claims his daughter, Naomi, was injured when she fell from his lap when he reached for a phone.

There was a crowd of supporters outside the Judicial Center claiming Burns was innocent. The prosecution argued against Burn’s character, saying his actions speak for themselves and believe Burn’s has “very little credibility”. With a minimum sentence of 19-38 months in such a case, Prosecutor Bill Valliencourt says he will “study the court’s reasons for imposing a sentence less than that called for by the state’s sentencing guidelines…”.

Meanwhile, Brenda and Naomi Burns were absent at the ruling despite the prosecution’s statement that the court had ordered them to be present. Brenda Burns was cleared of abuse allegations and won a civil trial that deemed her a fit parent for Naomi. Brenda has claimed that Child Protective Services have been conducted their visitations in a “harassing” manner. A representative from the Department of Human Services says she has not seen Naomi since February 27th and her whereabouts remain unknown. Her attorney told the judge that Brenda Burns is planning a move in Michigan and is away visiting family.

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