Man gets 15 days in child abuse case - WNEM TV 5

Man gets 15 days in child abuse case

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A Michigan man who tied a rope around his young daughter and let her stand on a bridge pillar over a flood-swollen river has been sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Hans Jansma learned his fate Tuesday in Grand Rapids District Court. A jury in November found the 32-year-old guilty of fourth-degree child abuse.

Jansma on April 22 allowed the girl to crawl out in an opening on the Blue Bridge over the Grand River, secured by a rope.

A WOOD-TV photojournalist gathered footage of Jansma's daughter on the bridge. In a TV report shown to jurors, Jansma said he and his daughter were on an "adventure."

The Grand Rapids Press reports a judge has ordered that the child's mother be awarded primary physical custody of the girl.

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