Man arrested for badly beating Manton woman while driving her home
A Manton man is behind bars after authorities said he severely beat a young woman while giving her a ride home from a party.
According to State Police, the incident happened in the early Sunday morning.
The woman told authorities she had attended a party earlier in the day with Daniel Raney Jr., 23, who she has known for "quite some time." After the party, Raney gave the woman a ride home on back roads and suddenly stopped, pulled her from the car and began to beat her.
The woman was unable to call for help or escape.
Later, the man began to take her home, but stopped the car and began beating her again.
When he finally returned her to her Manton-area home, Raney threatened one of her family members and then fled before troopers arrived.
Troopers were able to gather information about the suspect's vehicle before the woman was taken to Mercy Hospital Cadillac. He was later located and taken into custody.
The Wexford County Prosecuting Attorney authorized felony charges of torture, assault less than murder, and assault by strangling. The torture charge carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, while the other charges carry ten years each.
Raney is being held on a $150,000 bond. He is scheduled to be back in court Tuesday for a preliminary exam.
The woman reportedly had severe head and facial injuries and was "in obvious need of medical attention" when troopers arrived on the scene.