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Motion to withdraw guilty plea denied for mother sentenced in child abuse case

A Battle Creek Circuit Court judge denied a motion Monday to withdraw a mother's guilty plea to first-degree child abuse after she was sentenced 25 to 50 years behind bars earlier this year. (WWMT/FILE)

A Battle Creek Circuit Court judge denied a motion Monday to withdraw a mother's guilty plea to first-degree child abuse after she was sentenced to 25 to 50 years behind bars earlier this year.

Megan Schug, 23, pleaded guilty to beating her then 4-year-old autistic son, Maloyd Gaines, in February. Police said Schug and her boyfriend, 35-year-old Isaac Miller, had beaten and locked the 4-year-old in an upstairs closet overnight for weeks.

Schug was sentenced in May; Miller was sentenced to between 3 years, 7 months and 10 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to second-degree child abuse charges, also in May. With a no contest plea, a defendent neither admits to, nor disputes the charges; it is treated as a conviction.

Gaines was brought to Battle Creek's Bronson Hospital in critical condition in March, where police said his body was covered in bruises and rashes, predominantly near his buttocks and genital areas. Last reported in July, Gaines' foster mother said he is making progress, but is battling post-traumatic stress disorder, trauma and severe anxiety.

Three other children living in Schug's residence at the time of the investigation were removed and sent to live with relatives.

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CORRECTION: This article has been edited from its original posting to correct Isaac Miller's sentencing range.


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