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Court papers reveal new details in Saginaw abuse case

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(03/07/14) - The state of Michigan has begun the process of removing the parental rights of a mother and father who are accused of abusing their children in Saginaw.

One of the children, 6-year-old Elijah Dillard, died from his injuries.

Police have charged the boy's father with murder and his mother with child abuse, but the couple also had three other children in their care, and court papers indicate they may have been abused and neglected as well.

Removed from that Saginaw home were three young girls - ages 7, 2 and seven months. What happens to them is now up to the legal system.

Thirty-nine-year-old Aki Dillard is charged with first degree murder in the death of Elijah. His wife, Mio Campbell, is charged with child abuse.

Court papers filed at the 10th Judicial Circuit Court indicate that Elijah was hit with a belt in his head and had burns on more than 20 percent of his body after he was taken from the family's home on Ames Street in Saginaw.

The court papers are part of a petition to remove the parental rights from Dillard and Campbell, who were caring for three other children along with Elijah. The papers indicate there was evidence the three other children were also the victims of abuse and neglect.

"That is something that we will have to look at as we go forward as well, and they will weigh that in to what happens to the parental rights of both parents," said Kent Greenfelder, attorney.

Greenfelder has been appointed to represent the three children.

 "They are in very good foster homes," he said.

Greenfelder says no family member has requested to take care of the children at this point, but his main concern right now is to protect the rights and best interests of the three remaining children.

"I can't think of anything worse for a child, they are ripped out of their home and very often, most often, these kids still love their parents," he said.

A preliminary hearing in the parental rights aspect of this case is scheduled for next week.

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