Wyandotte Parents Waive Prelim; Head to Trial on Child Abuse Charges

Erica Anne Bohn, 25, and Brandon Edward Soules, 29, each face two felony counts of second-degree child abuse for allegedly scalding their children's feet in a tub full of hot water.

A Wyandotte couple accused of forcing their two young children to stand in steaming hot water for so long that the youngsters' feet were severely burned waived their rights to a preliminary hearing on Thursday, sending their cases straight to the Wayne County Circuit Court.

Erica Anne Bohn, 25, and Brandon Edward Soules, 29, will face a separate arraignment at 9 a.m. Dec. 20 in circuit court. Both are charged with two felony counts of second-degree child abuse, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Twenty-seventh District Judge Randall Kalmbach ordered that bond be continued as previously set—$20,000/10 percent for Bohn and $30,000/10 percent for Soules. Neither have posted bond and remain locked up in the Wayne County Jail.

Bohn's relatives were in court Thursday and shouted “love you” and “take care” to her as she was taken out of the courtroom. They declined to comment further.

Attorney Kimberly Lewis is representing Bohn and also declined to talk about the case.

Attorney Romi Mezy is representing Soules and said his client is very remorseful over what occurred.

"This was an unintentional act," Mezy said. "They are both loving parents who have a drug problem."

While the case is pending, both parents have been ordered to stay away from their children, a 4-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy, who remain in their grandparents' custody.

Mezy said Soules wants to enroll in a parenting class.

"He is very concerned and he wants to see his children again," Mezy said. "He takes full responsibility for what occurred."

Mezy asked that the matter be referred to pretrial services to determine whether bond was appropriately set. Kalmbach agreed to have the matter of bond looked at, but said he feels it's appropriately set based on Soules' prior record—breaking and entering into a vehicle, being a minor in possession of alcohol, impaired driving, driving on an expired license and two separate cases of retail fraud.

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Jim Rutkowski December 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Unintentional act? Loving parents? HA! I wonder if he said that with a straight face. Neither should see the light of day ever again. I'm sure Erica's record is not much better. My heart goes out to the children.
Chuck December 13, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Here is hoping these two rot in prison.
Benzo December 14, 2012 at 12:21 AM
These two scumballs don't deserve any sympathy, and neither does anyone that supports them. Flat out! Degenerate filth. I hope they get some years inside to show them what its like to be treated like scum by people that control their lives. They'll probably get probation though, with our screwed up legal system. #ROTINPRISON
Chuck December 14, 2012 at 09:57 AM
I don't know if I am allowed to do this or not. But, here is my blog posting on it. http://thoughtsandrantings.com/2012/12/13/local-story-dope-headed-parents-from-wyandotte-looking-at-prison-time/ feel free to comment over there.
jflip December 14, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I hope they went through a horrible painful withdrawel while they were in jail. GOOD. They're not getting their pills in jail are they? HA HA


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