Prosecution claims dog cage used as punishment in child abuse case


August 15, 2018

Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Tracie Wittla shows a dog crate to CPS worker Brad Smith Tuesday in Gogebic County Circuit Court during the trial of Matthew LaPlant. LaPlant is facing child abuse charges, including accusations he put a child in the crate as punishment.


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BESSEMER - Allegations of being locked in a dog cage, being physically beaten and made to taste soiled underwear were the focus of testimony as the prosecution began its case in Gogebic County Circuit Court Tuesday against a Bessemer man facing child abuse charges.

Matthew James LaPlant, 31, is charged with one count of first degree child abuse, two counts of second degree child abuse and one count of unlawful imprisonment. All four counts are felonies, with first degree child abuse carrying a potential maximum sentence of up to life in prison....

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