HOWELL, Mich. (AP) - A man who authorities say burned his 7-year-old daughter with a cigarette must stop smoking if he wants to see his children, a Michigan judge has ordered.
The order was issued Thursday after an attorney for Brad Wessler asked Livingston County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hatty to allow such visits by amending conditions of the 30-year-old Howell man's bond, the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus reported.
"There is no more opportunity for an accident to occur," Hatty said. "I'm going to the extreme side of safety for the child."
Wessler, of Howell, was charged with third-degree child abuse after authorities said he burned his daughter twice May 15 while the family was at the Kensington Inn in Howell. Wessler contends that the girl was accidentally burned after she ran up to him.
"You're going to quit. ... You're going to have to make changes in your life. I've got a real short fuse for someone hurting a kid." Hatty said
"So do I, sir," Wessler replied.
Assistant Prosecutor Shawn Ryan opposed the request.
The judge ordered that visits must be supervised by Wessler's wife.
Jennifer VanBrunt, a Children's Protective Services' investigator, said that before the new order Wessler was prohibited from smoking within 20 feet of his children. The judge asked for her opinion before making his decision, and she said the department's goal was to reunify the family.
"We are required to try to keep the family together," she said.
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