UPDATE: Father From Sleeping Bear Dunes Search Pleads No Contest - Northern Michigan's News Leader

UPDATE: Father From Sleeping Bear Dunes Search Pleads No Contest

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UPDATE: October 15

Daniel Elliot entered a no contest plea to assault and battery after police say he got into a fight with his wife in Emmet County, then took his three children to Sleeping Bear Dunes -- where they spent the night in the woods.

That led to a massive search of the area in August.

They were later found safe.

Elliot's no contest plea means he does not admit guilt, but will accept the punishment when he is sentenced.


September 4

The downstate man who hid out with his children after a physical fight with his wife will stay behind bars, for now.

Wednesday morning, prosecutors charged Daniel Elliott with misdemeanor domestic violence, and his bond raised from $10,000 to $100,000 dollars.

Searchers found Elliott and his three children safe Monday night in Glen Haven, at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Leelanau County.

The children hadn't eaten or had anything to drink since Sunday morning.

Elliott stood shirtless during Wednesday morning's hearing in Emmet County.

The judge agreed to raise Elliott's bond, citing concerns with his mental state, and public safety.

As part of his bond, Elliott must undergo a psychiatric evaluation, which he has refused so far.

He was also given a court-appointed attorney.

His pretrial is set for September 11th.