Two Grand Traverse County residents accused of torturing a 4-year-old girl

Joseph Douglas Franks, 30, arrested and arraigned on charges of child abuse and torture of a 4-year-old girl on Tuesday in Long Lake Township.

Two Grand Traverse County residents are arrested and arraigned on charges of first degree child abuse as well as torture of a 4-year-old girl on Tuesday in Long Lake Township.

The little girl was removed from the home and taken to Munson Medical Center on April 23rd, but it took investigators three months to gather enough evidence to build the case and make the arrest.

According to court documents, Grand Traverse County Deputies were called to the home of Joseph Franks, 30, and Andrea Limon, 27, in April after a baby sitter was concerned at the condition of the 4-year-old child.

â??It was discovered that the child had severe bruising on her back, arms, legs and to the face,â?? said Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Bob Cooney. â??There were some lacerations and hair missing from the face and scalp.â??

Court documents state that the little girl was taken to Munson hospital where a doctor noted the bruises, abrasions and concern for maltreatment. The child weighed just 30-point 8 pounds.

The prosecutor says in addition to the physical abuse, the victim at times was confined to her bedroom.

â??I can generally say that it's unusual that we charge torture, which is essentially cruel or extreme physical or mental suffering,â?? said Cooney. â??And that's unusual in a child abuse case.â??

The Sheriff's Office agrees the severity of this case is something they're not used to dealing with.

â??We investigated allegations of child, abuse not that often but we do investigate these types of cases,â?? said Grand Traverse County sheriff's Lt. Chris Barsheff. â??Me personally in my 18, 19 years have not seen one of this magnitude.â??

The prosecutor says the girl did not have any life threatening injuries. She is now healthy and has been placed in the care of a relative.