Father & Uncle Charged with Using Blowtorch on Child

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Two brothers accused of burning a 6-year-old boy's buttocks with a blowtorch have been charged with first-degree child abuse.
Thirty-six-year-old Gerald Hall and 43-year-old Glen Hall were charged Wednesday. Each was being held Thursday evening in the Clare County Jail on $150,000 bond pending a May 5 preliminary hearing.
Michigan State Police investigators say the boy, who is Gerald Hall's son, was burned at least once. Sgt. Del Putnam tells the Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant the boy has recovered physically and is in protective custody.
First-degree child abuse is a 15-year felony, but Glen Hall could be sentenced to 1 1/2 times the maximum penalty as a habitual offender. He is on parole after serving prison time in a 2003 drunken driving case in Isabella County.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2009 at 05:42 AM
    This is HORRIBLE! Id say use the blow torch to make sure these guys never have the chance to father anymore children!
  • by marie Location: lansing on Apr 25, 2009 at 03:24 PM
    I think that in cases like this,there should be some sort of law that whatever the suspect did to the child, should be done back to them to let them see how it feels and then that should be enough punishment and if not we cant take it further
  • by sam on Apr 24, 2009 at 01:37 PM
    I agree with all of the comments, if we would do the eye for an eye thing would be justified in my book,bring them out in the street and let us watch, it would stop some of these freaks.
  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Apr 24, 2009 at 01:00 PM
    I am horrified by this story. The boy may have recovered physically but he has emtional scars that will last a lifetime. Hopefully, when they are behind bars they will find out that the other inmates won't think kindly about what they did to this young boy.
  • by Upset Location: East Lansing on Apr 24, 2009 at 12:32 PM
    Jack Pine Savages!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 24, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    Are these guys missing some brain cells? No normal person would do something this dumb to their own son.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lansing on Apr 24, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    What is wrong with people?!!!! Children are a treasure. If you can't handle loving your child and nurturing your child, then grow up yourself! Find someone who can and will, even if that means giving up your rights as an UNFIT parent!!
  • by diamond Location: dewitt on Apr 24, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    i have a blow torch and am will to offer my services free of charge to render the same punishment but you liberal sissies would think it was wrong to give an eye for an eye...
  • by VICKIE Location: LANSING on Apr 24, 2009 at 05:53 AM
  • by John Location: Jackson on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:04 PM
    As a father of five and grandfather to eleven my first reaction would be to do same treatment to both. They should spend the rest of their unworthy lives behind bars and wear a sign on their prison clothing stating child abuser.
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