- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

PARIS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A lawyer assigned to check how kids were being educated at a Huron County home said he never suspected abuse, despite the recent discovery of a young man in a caged bed.

Gerald Prill, a candidate for county judge in next week’s election, agreed in 2010 to regularly visit the home of Karen and Timothy Tolin as part of a settlement between the Tolins and Huron Intermediate School District about the educational needs of children there, The Saginaw News reported Friday (https://bit.ly/10FQxTm ).

The Tolins were charged with unlawful imprisonment and vulnerable adult abuse after a deputy last week discovered a 19-year-old autistic man in a caged bed. Three adults and two children were removed from the home, about 90 miles north of Detroit.

Prill was supposed to make an announced visit and a surprise visit each year after August of 2011. The newspaper asked Prill if he ever saw a cage. He didn’t directly answer.

“In all of my unannounced visits to the home, I never saw nor suspected anything to indicate any abuse or neglect,” Prill said. “It goes without saying that if I observed or suspected any alleged abuse or neglect, a report would have been made immediately.”

Prill was supposed to submit reports about his visits but never did.

“There was nothing to report as these children were receiving some form of educational service,” he said.

Prill said he was “deeply saddened” by the allegations.

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Information from: The Saginaw News, https://www.mlive.com/saginaw

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