"That poor kid looks like he just spent three minutes in the ring with Mike Tyson," said James A. Plakas at a preliminary hearing in July at 35th District Court, as he looked at photos of the toddler's injuries.
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Dunlap, then 19, was left in charge of a toddler with his girlfriend, who is the child's aunt, in May at an apartment on Northridge Drive in Northville Township. Police said they found the child with multiple bruises, burns and a bite mark. Northville Township Detective Jonathon Huerta, the main investigator on the case, said at a hearing in July that Dunlap admitted to burning the toddler with a lighter.
Dunlap's charges include child abuse to the first degree, torture and assault with intent to do great bodily harm, both of which carry potential life sentences.