Northville man sentenced in abuse of 23-month-old

Jan. 2, 2014  PLYMOUTH EAGLE.


Dylan James Dunlap, 20, the Northville man accused of torturing a 23-month-old child left in his care, accepted a plea deal from the Wayne County Prosecutor that will see him spend 10 1⁄2 to 20 years in prison.

Dunlap was charged with felonies including first degree child abuse, torture and assault with intent to do great bodily harm in the injuries to the child, the nephew of Dunlap’s girlfriend. In accepting the plea deal, Dunlap entered a guilty plea and will not face a jury on the charges.

In late November, Judge David Groner sentenced Dunlap to 10 years and six months on the child abuse charge, three years on the assault charge and 10 years and six months on the torture charge. He will spend between 10 years and six months and 20 years in state prison. Dunlap is currently being held in Jackson state prison but is expected to be moved to another Michigan Department of Corrections facility.

According to Northville Township Police, Dunlap, who was 19 at the time of the crime, was babysitting the boy at his township apartment during the evening of May 5-6 while the boy’s mother (his girlfriend’s sister) was working.

Police investigators charged that Dunlap beat the child, causing numerous injuries that required medical attention, used a lighter to burn the child’s skin in several places and bit the toddler.

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