#childabuse | Baby ingests heroin left in stroller, according to child abuse charge

MUSKEGON COUNTY, MI – A man charged with felony child abuse is accused of leaving a packet of heroin in a stroller that was then ingested by a baby.

Courtland Derean Briggs, 31, of Muskegon has been charged with second-degree child abuse for the incident that allegedly occurred in July.

“It appears that some heroin that had been (Briggs’) heroin was left in the baby’s stroller,” said Matt Roberts, chief trial attorney for the Muskegon County Prosecutor’s Office. “It looks like the baby got a hold of the bindle and put it in his mouth.”

The child, who was 10 months old at the time, was brought to a hospital emergency room with “signs consistent with ingesting heroin,” Roberts said. The child was hospitalized, he said.

Briggs is charged as a four-time habitual, which increases his potential maximum penalty from 10 years to life in prison.

In 2015, he pleaded guilty to three counts of intent to deliver controlled substance, court records show. He served almost three years in prison, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Briggs also has a 2011 felony conviction for intent to deliver controlled substances and 2009 and 2007 felony convictions for resisting police, court records show.

He was arraigned on Oct. 8 on the child abuse charge and posted a $5,000 cash or surety bond. A preliminary examination has been scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 23 before Muskegon County District Judge Geoffrey Nolan.

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