Saginaw dad pleads no contest in abuse of 2-month-old daughter | #childabuse | #children | #kids

SAGINAW, MI — A Saginaw father accused of severely injuring his 2-month-old daughter nearly a year ago has accepted a plea deal.

Taylor J. Cantu, 26, on May 4 appeared before Saginaw County Circuit Judge Andre R. Borrello via Zoom and pleaded no contest to one count of second-degree child abuse. The charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a count of first-degree child abuse, which is a life offense.

By pleading no contest, Cantu did not verbally admit to having committed a crime. Borrello relied on other documents to enter a conviction on the record.

The conviction stems from Cantu’s 2-month-old daughter being brought to Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw by her mother and father the night of June 24. The parents told hospital staff they had brought their daughter in as she was experiencing seizure-like symptoms.

Examination revealed the baby had hemorrhaging to both sides of her head and both eyes and fractures to both legs and both arms, prosecutors allege. Some injuries appeared older than others.

The child was airlifted to University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Police began an investigation and developed Cantu as a suspect, arresting him three days after he brought his daughter to the hospital.

Cantu’s plea agreement states that he will not have to testify against his daughter’s mother, though she has not been charged with a crime related to her daughter’s injuries.

The child has seen been placed in foster care, prosecutors said.

Cantu remains in custody and is to be sentenced by Borrello at 2 p.m. on June 17.


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