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Family says daughter suffered from medical issue, not father's abuse

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(WJBK) - A father was jailed for six months accused of abusing his then-3-week-old daughter. Now, he's out free on a reduced bond after doctors came forward in his defense.

Lance Finner was believed to be the one responsible when the daughter broke multiple bones.

"He fell asleep holding her and, when he woke up, she was on the ground," says wife Marquita Finner.

The couple immediately rushed to the hospital and told the staff what happened, but no one believed their story. Doctors said, rather, someone had shaken the baby which is why the bones had broken.

"It sickens me; it sickened him. He is such a kind-hearted person who loves kids, who loves family. Our whole family is like that. To think anybody could accuse us of any kind of child abuse, it's sickening,"  says Marquita.

Lance was taken to the Macomb County Jail on a first-degree child abuse charge where he has spent the last six months. A judge set his bond at 2 million dollars.

Meanwhile, his family has been fighting to prove Lance's innocence. They spoke with expert attorneys and doctors who have concluded the girl suffered from Vitamin Deficiency Rickets, which caused the brittle bones. Marquita says they also say her daughter's injuries could have been from birth.

Lance is now out on bond after his bond was reduced to $10,000.

The family says this situation, although unfortunate, is not uncommon.

"These doctors estimate that thousands of families around the nation are being falsely convicted because of misdiagnoses. It's just an easier thing to say - and safer - to say that the child is abused. Of course, we would have no problem with the hospital being suspicious but they should have followed up and done the tests necessary, but they didn't," says Slvester Morgan, Lance's brother-in-law.

Read more about Lance's story online: http://www.lancefinner.com/
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