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Harrison couple charged with child abuse

By Pat Maurer

7-26-13 Mug demars

7-26-13 Mug bradburnA Harrison man and a former Harrison woman are facing seven counts of child abuse of two elementary age youngsters, which reportedly happened over a period of time at a Harrison residence.

Dale Andrew Bradburn, 35, of Harrison and Samantha Lynn Demars, 32, formerly of Harrison were arrested July 22 after a nine-month investigation.

Bradburn was arrested in Harrison and Bradburn was arrested in Grand Traverse County on a warrant from Clare County with the assistance of the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Undersheriff Dwayne Miedzianowski Thursday morning, Clare County Sheriff’s Detectives Mike Coon and Erica Vredevelt began the investigation after concerns were reported by the school liaison officer, who was looking into behavioral issues with one of the children.

Both Bradburn and Demars were arraigned in 80th District Court July 23 by Magistrate Karen Willing on six counts each of child abuse in the 2nd degree and one count each of children distributing sexually explicit material. Bond was set at $500,000 Cash Surety or ten percent for each of the suspects.

Both Bradburn and Demars remain lodged in the Clare County Jail.

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