Charges upgraded in Bixby Autism Center child abuse case

ADRIAN, Mich. (WTVG) - Two former aides at the ProMedica Bixby Autism Center are now facing greater charges following their arraignment Tuesday. Sarah Phillips and Erinn Tiede now face charges of 2nd degree child abuse in the case. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. They will return to court on January 15th.

Phillips and Tiede, along with a third aide, Ashleigh Sancrant, were charged following a months-long investigation by police in Adrian, Michigan.

Both the authorities and ProMedica were alerted to the abuse in July of 2018. Video shown to parents of the children involved showed the aides slapping their children, pulling out chairs and threatening to punch them. The aides were fired immediately and the program temporarily shut down while they investigated.