Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Closes Child Abuse and Torture Case
One 4/1/12 the WCSO Detective Bureau was notified that a three (3) year old male had been brought into the University Of Michigan Hospital by his mother regarding severe burns and bruising. After examination it was also determined that the child had blood in his urine, fluid in his abdomen, bite marks and the burns were covering 18% of his body.
On this date, the victim’s mother had left him with his normal weekend babysitter while she went to work. The 17 year old female and her boyfriend Harvey Wince frequently watch the victim when needed (in the 8900 block of MacArthur Blvd, Superior Twp). The 17 year old had other plans on this date so Wince was the primary caretaker for the victim all day. The investigation revealed that Wince intentionally placed the victim in scalding hot bath water during the evening and held him there causing the severe burns. It is estimated that the water temperature was 120-125 degrees and that the burns were consistent with the victim being held in the water for at least a minute.
The investigation also revealed that sometime during the day, while in Wince’s care, the victim suffered significant bruising from head to toe, a lacerated liver due to blunt force trauma and Wince admitted to biting the victim on the arm.
The motives for Wince’s actions are unknown.
On 4/4/12 the Washtenaw County Prosecutors Office charged Wince with Torture and Child Abuse 1st degree.
On 11/5/12 this case went to trial but ended in a hung jury.
On 3/18/13 this case went to trial again and Wince was found guilty (on 3/21/13) of Torture and Child Abuse in the 1st degree. Both offenses carry a maximum penalty of life in prison.
“I am happy that justice was served for the victim. This was a heinous crime and the defendant is being held accountable. Blake Hatlem from the prosecutor’s office did a great job presenting this case to the jury.”
~ Detective Craig Raisanen