A 48-year-old Unionville man faces multiple life sentences in prison after allegedly kidnapping an 8-year-old Millington area child in the middle of the night and sexually assaulting her for hours before being arrested last Saturday.
David Alex Brigham, Unionville, is charged with 24 counts related to the alleged abduction.
The charges include two counts of kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, and 18 counts of criminal sexual conduct. Brigham faces up to life in prison on eight of the counts related to kidnapping and first degree criminal sexual conduct, which by legal definition includes sexual penetration.
Mark Reene, prosecutor, Tuscola County, said the child has been placed in protective custody and undergoing extensive counseling and treatment.
“This case is amongst the worst we’ve seen,” Reene told The Advertiser Friday. “It’s the ultimate nightmare. When you have a child this age, in these circumstances, and what has happened – that is what aptly describes it – a nightmare.” (Read more)
(This story first appeared in the Aug. 6, 2016 print edition of The Tuscola County Advertiser and can be read online here.)