Memphis Man Faces First-Degree Child-Abuse Charge

Memphis Man Faces First-Degree Child-Abuse Charge

A Memphis, Mich., man was arraigned Wednesday on a first-degree child-abuse charge in Macomb County Circuit Court on allegations he injured a 4-year-old boy.

Justin McCoy, 26, appeared for the hearing in front of circuit Judge Carl Marlinga after he was bound over March 30 from 42-I District Court in Romeo.

The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital in Detroit on Feb. 10 after suffering a broken arm and stomach injuries, according to the Macomb County Sheriff's Office. McCoy was arrested the same day on a traffic warrant out of Eastpointe following an investigation by Memphis police and the sheriff’s investigators, and held for two days until he was formally charged.

McCoy was arraigned Feb. 12 in district court on the child abuse charge, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison.

McCoy has convictions in 2017 in Macomb Circuit Court for illicit use of a financial transaction and possession of less than 25 grams of a narcotic, as well as in 2018 in Macomb Circuit for delivery or manufacture of a prescription drug, according to court records. In the current case, Marlinga scheduled a May 19 pretrial.

McCoy is being held in lieu of a $350,000 cash or surety bond. If he is released, he must wear a GPS tether and stay away from certain addresses in Richmond and Memphis, records say.

Jameson Cook