2 Child Abuse Charges Dismissed Against Greenville Mom

STANTON, Mich. — Two child abuse charges were dismissed against a Greenville mother of two Thursday afternoon in Montcalm County 64B District Court.

The judge said he couldn’t find probable cause against or any evidence of child abuse against Samantha Slater of Greenville. She and her boyfriend, Benjamin Wilkins, were formally charged with one count of first-degree child abuse and one count of second-degree child abuse in April.

On Tuesday, a witness for the prosecution fell off the stand in a Montcalm County Court while having a seizure during the preliminary hearing. The witness, Rebecca Carriveau, was a roommate with Slater when the alleged abuse occurred. Medical personnel arrived within minutes and took Carriveau out on a stretcher.

Due to the circumstances the judge granted an adjournment. The hearing resumed Thursday.

Slater’s daughter, 2-year-old Brooklyn Slater, remains on life support at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital In Grand Rapids with severe injuries to her head, abdomen and liver.

Greenville police say Wilkins reported finding Brooklyn unresponsive in the bathroom after putting her in timeout. Brooklyn was in the care of Wilkins and her mother at the time.

Samantha Slater says she was asleep during the alleged abuse.

Wilkins’ case remains headed to trial.

5 comments

  • nic

    I think the mother is getting off easy!!! She was is the house while the abuse happened and had no idea it was going on?? I can’t believe the charges were dismissed!!!

  • Lace

    I AM SICK TO MY STOMACH TO HEAR THIS! This girl chose to keep the same man who beat her innocent little girl a year ago in their lives which resulted in that poor little baby to be on life support. The chances for this little girl to even live a somewhat normal life are slim to none. This girl needs her children taken and forced to be fixed. She has proven that she will never sacrifice for her children but instead makes them sacrifice for her, to the point of life or death. This woman is a disgrace to all mothers. I hope she dies inside everyday knowing what she has done to her children. Wishful thinking i'm sure on my part since she has proven what kind of self absorbed sicko she is. DISGUSTING!

  • Bubba

    The prosecutor did not dismiss the charges. The judge DID! Apparently just say your sleeping and you can't be guilty of protecting your child.

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