Child abuse case headed to trial

MARQUETTE — The case of a West Branch Township man accused of child abuse and torture is heading to trial.

27–year–old Nicholas Racine is scheduled to appear for a four day jury trial in Marquette County Circuit Court beginning Dec. 1.

According to the Michigan State Police, Racine is accused of severely injuring a 3–month–old infant. The injured baby was treated for multiple rib fractures, hemorrhages, bruises, and bite marks at the University of Michigan Hospital.

Racine will have a final pretrial hearing on Nov. 6.