Men Charged With Burning Buttocks of Boy, 6, With Blowtorch

Two brothers in Michigan accused of burning a 6-year-old boy's buttocks with a blowtorch have been charged with first-degree child abuse.

The Morning Sun says 36-year-old Gerald Hall and 43-year-old Glen Hall were charged Wednesday in the incident involving Gerald Hall's son.

State police investigators say the boy was burned at least once. Sgt. Del Putnam says the child is in protective custody.

If convicted, the brothers face 15 years in prison, but Glen Hall could be sentenced to 1 1/2 times the maximum penalty as a habitual offender. He is on parole after serving time in a 2003 drunken driving case.

They are being held in the Clare County Jail on $150,000 bond pending a May 5 hearing. Jail officials didn't know if the suspects had lawyers.