‘An act of sadism’ lands Stanton couple in court

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:19 am on Monday, December 12, 2011

Michelle Kulkoski

Erik Kulkoski

STANTON — A husband and wife are facing prison time for allegedly “hog-tying and beating” their 10-year-old son. Erik Kulkoski, 35, and Michelle Kulkoski, 39, of Stanton, are each charged with first- and second-degree child abuse. They have been arraigned in 64B District Court and were bound over to 8th Judicial Circuit Court, where they are scheduled to be arraigned next Thursday morning. According to court documents, the charges allege that the Kulkoskis “caused serious physical and mental harm by hog-tying and beating the child.” The first-degree charge carries a possible prison sentence of 15 years while the second-degree charge carries a possible prison sentence of four years. According to Montcalm County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Doug McFadden, the Kulkoskis allegedly regularly beat their son and once tied him up with duct tape before beating him. McFadden said there is evidence other people participated in beating the boy. “It was an act of sadism,” McFadden said. The crimes allegedly took place numerous times between July and August. The Kulkoskis bonded out of jail on a $5,000 bond each. They have two young sons in addition to the 10-year-old. All three boys have been removed from the parents’ care. Children Protective Services and Stanton Police Chief Joe Patino investigated the case. The investigation continues and additional arrests are possible.

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