UPDATE: Boyne City Man Accepts Punishment For Child Abuse - Northern Michigan's News Leader

UPDATE: Boyne City Man Accepts Punishment For Child Abuse

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A Charlevoix County man pleaded no contest to child abuse.

Investigators caught up with Steven Cronk of Boyne City last week after he failed to show up for a pre-trial hearing.

Today, Friday, Cronk pleaded no contest to his charges.

That means he does no admit to the crime, but accepts the punishment.

Cronk's charges stem from him shaking a 3-month-old child causing serious injury.

Last July a 9-1-1 call came in for an ambulance.

When paramedics got there, the baby girl was struggling to breathe.

She was taken to McLaren in Petoskey and then airlifted to the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.

A doctor at DeVos says the injuries were from physical abuse and showed signs of severe whiplash.

The child was alone with Cronk and her young siblings when the injuries occurred.

He could face up to 10 years in prison.

Cronk's attorney said the reason for the no contest plea was a potential civil liability.