Samuel Lester Smart, 29, of Holly was arraigned Dec. 22 in Oakland County 52-2 District Court on two felonies — torture and first-degree child abuse. Bond was denied. His next court appearance is Jan. 4, 2021 for a probable cause conference.
Charges stem from a Michigan State Police Metro North Post investigation involving the death of a 3-year-old girl in Groveland Township on Saturday, Dec. 19.
On Dec. 20, MSP reported that Special Investigation Section detectives were looking into the death of a 3-year-old girl. Detectives said their investigation was in the early stages and a cause of death has not been confirmed.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available from MSP.