Sentencing was Monday for a Battle Creek man who prosecutors say participated in the abuse of his girlfriend’s son.

The Battle Creek Enquirer says that Maloyd Gaines was just four years old when he was taken to the hospital in Battle Creek last spring by his mother, Meghan Schug. He was covered with bruises, and had blackened and swollen toes, some of which he lost to gangrene. Investigators determined that the child would be locked for extended periods of time in a closet, denied food and water, and left to remain in his own waste.

There was evidence that he was beaten as well.

Schug was sentenced earlier this year to between 25 and 50 years in prison for the abuse; now on Monday, her boyfriend, 36-year-old Isaac Miller, was sentenced to between 3 years 7 months and 10 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to second degree child abuse. At the hearing, Miller asked for mercy from the judge, but he denied it, saying "you don't deserve any".

Maloyd’s new foster mother was at the sentencing hearing, and said that the abuse he suffered remains impactful; she said he still lives fearfully, worried that his "bad mom" and "bad dad" will come back for him.

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