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Torture, abuse charges dropped in Saginaw County case

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(03/05/14) - She was accused of torture and child abuse more than two years ago - but now, criminal charges against a Saginaw County woman have been dropped.

The accusations were harsh - that Kathleene Schattilly mistreated two of her foster children. On the day her trial was set to start, the criminal charges have been dismissed.

Schattilly has always proclaimed she was innocent, and after more than two years of legal maneuvering, she won't get the chance to prove it.

"She has been through hell," said Jim Piazza, Schattilly's attorney.

That's the description of the life of Schattilly, ever since she was arrested in January 2012, accused of torture and child abuse involving two of her foster children who she cared for in her Frankenmuth Township home.

Just before her trial was to begin, the Saginaw County Prosecutor's office dropped the criminal charges against Schattilly.

Piazza had asked for the case to be dismissed in August because he was not provided medical records of the two teenagers who claimed they were abused. Piazza says the medical records eventually proved no abuse.

"Indicated there was no malnourishment or no physical evidence of any child abuse, which goes contrary to what the prosecutor argued at the preliminary examination, that these kids were starving, they were underweight, it kind of blows out the theory," Piazza said.

Piazza says this case should have gone through probate court instead of criminally charging Schattilly.

"She's been accused of something she didn't do. We have been fighting it ever since, they have offered plea offers down to misdemeanors, she refused to plea to anything because she didn't do anything wrong," he said.

The two foster children were moved to a different home.

This case began under former Saginaw County Prosecutor Mike Thomas. Current prosecutor John McColgan says "due to circumstances beyond our control," his office could not present the case it once had.

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