University of Michigan graduate student who disciplined children with baseball bat enters plea
A University of Michigan graduate student pleaded guilty to reduced child abuse charges for striking his children with a baseball bat to discipline them.
Gibeum Kim, 38, appeared in Washtenaw County District Court for a preliminary hearing and pleaded guilty to added counts of fourth-degree child abuse, court records show.
Two counts of third-degree child abuse will be dismissed at sentencing on Sept. 14. Kim was arrested by officers with the U-M Department of Public Safety after they responded to his residence in the Northwood Community Apartments on North Campus on a child abuse report.
Authorities said he used a bat to discipline his children, both under the age of 12, after they misbehaved on Aug. 9. The children were treated at the U-M Medical Center’s emergency room for substantial bruising, police said.
Kim, a Korean immigrant who is seeking a master’s degree in business administration, requested a Korean interpreter for court proceedings.
He remains free on a personal bond and is allowed to visit his children within the parameters set by officials with protective services, according to court records.