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Gaylord man arrested on charges of holding down child, stuffing sock into her mouth so she couldn’t breathe

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.

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