Stanton child abuse case resolved with no contest plea


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:32 am on Monday, May 06, 2013

Erik Kulkoski

Michelle Kulkoski

 

STANTON — A child abuse case has been resolved after a husband and wife were charged with allegedly “hog-tying and beating” their 10-year-old son.

Erik Kulkoski, 35, and Michelle Kulkoski, 39, of Stanton, were each charged with first- and second-degree child abuse.

According to court documents, the charges allege that the Kulkoskis “caused serious physical and mental harm by hog-tying and beating the child” numerous times between July and August 2011.

The Kulkoskis were scheduled to go to trial in June. However, on Thursday, Erik Kulkoski decided to plead no contest to second-degree child abuse, a felony with a possible four-year prison sentence. In exchange for Erik’s plea, criminal charges will be dropped against Michelle Kulkoski.

However, the case was also prosecuted in Montcalm County Probate Court, in which the Kulkoskis permanently lost parental rights for all three of their sons, who were removed from the parents’ care in August 2011.

The Kulkoskis will never be allowed to have parenting rights with those children again, according to Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause.

“Both Erik and Michelle Kulkoski were prosecuted for their respective roles in the neglect and abuse of their child,” Kruse said. “Erik participated in the physical abuse of the child, while Michelle failed to intervene to protect the child.”

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