Northville man charged with torture of infant child

19-year-old Dylan James Dunlap accused of torturing, beating 23-month-old boy

Published On: May 08 2013 05:33:05 PM EDT   Updated On: May 09 2013 08:19:27 AM EDT

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy announced several charges Wednesday including torture of an infant child against a 19-year-old Northville man.

Dylan James Dunlap is accused of abusing and torturing his girlfriend's 23-month-old nephew while he was alone with the child on Monday at an apartment in the 19400 block of Northridge Drive in Northville.

The prosecutor says Dunlap's girlfriend was away for less than an hour while he struck the child multiple times on the head, torso and legs, and held a lighter to the child's skin causing burns on his chest, palm, thumb and wrist.

Dunlap was arraigned Thursday in Plymouth's 35th District Court. He faces torture, assault with intent to do great bodily harm, child abuse in the first degree, and assault and battery charges.

He could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.