Michigan State Police on Thursday said a Gaylord man has been arrested for an assault on a child.
Troopers said that in July 2023, the mother of a victim of an alleged assault that occurred last year contacted the Michigan State Police Gaylord Post to make a report.
The victim had recently disclosed to the parent that they had been assaulted in the past, troopers said.
A forensic interview was conducted at the Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center in Roscommon. The child alleged now 21-year-old Nathaniel Kaine Barrera from Gaylord would have her lie on her stomach, with her arms behind her back, and then he would force a sock in her mouth, preventing her from breathing. He is accused of doing this on several occasions while she was with him at a relative’s home.
The victim also made allegations of animal cruelty, troopers said.
Barrera was interviewed and later arrested. He was arraigned this week in the 87-B District Court in Otsego County on one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, and child abuse fourth degree.