Educators charged with not reporting child abuse


Authorities have charged four educators in the region with failing to report the suspected child abuse of a 12-year-old boy.

The misdemeanor charges announced last month by Berrien County prosecutors were filed against a principal, counselor and two teachers in Three Oaks.

Prosecutors accuse them of knowing but not reporting the boy's condition for several months.

Investigators say the boy was significantly underweight, bruised and dehydrated, with cigarette burns on his skin. His father and stepmother pleaded no contest to abuse and were sentenced to 20 to 80 years in prison.

School records show a staff member reported the abuse to the state, River Valley Public Schools Superintendent Will Kearney said in a statement.

The employee was told no action would be taken, because there wasn't enough evidence.

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