Michigan’s first doctor to be charged in child abuse case

By LINDSAY HENDERSON Associated PressMichigan’s first child abuse doctor to face charges in a case involving a toddler was arrested on Monday, according to a statement from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Joseph Schaeffer, who worked in the emergency department at a suburban hospital in Grand Rapids from 2001 to 2004, faces charges of child abuse, a felony, in connection with an alleged sexual assault in December.

The case began when a patient, who was not Schaeffers age, told authorities that he had been raped by another patient at the hospital.

A medical team conducted a thorough examination and concluded that the patient was not in any danger, the statement said.

Schaefer was not involved in the investigation.

The woman told police that Schaeffe forced himself on her and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.

She told investigators that she reported the incident to a nurse and a doctor.

Schaeffer was placed on administrative leave from the hospital in late March.

The medical department released a statement saying he was relieved of his duties.