Canton Man Faces Attempted Murder, Torture Charges In Attack On Wife And Child

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

CANTON TWP. (WWJ) - A Canton Township man is jailed on charges for an alleged brutal attack on his wife and young daughter. 

Oswald John Tallent, 46, was arraigned in 35th District Court Wednesday on one count each of Assault With Intent to Murder, Torture, Assault With Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm and Third Degree Child Abuse. Bond was set at $500,000 cash on the condition he wear an electronic tether if he's released.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, at around 1:15 p.m. Monday, Canton Township police were called to the 7300 block of Stonebrook Dr. in response to a a report of domestic violence.

Officers arrived to find  Tallent's 44-year-old wife in the driveway of the family's home with lacerations to her face and body. The couple's 8-year-old daughter was also discovered with a bump to her head and scrapes on her body. 

It is alleged, according to investigators, that Tallent, caused the injuries to his wife's face with a saw; and that he slammed the little girl into the pavement before dragging her up the driveway by her hair. 

EMTs arrived and took the victims to a local hospital for treatment.  The defendant fled the scene on foot by was found nearby and arrested. 

The couple have two other children, ages 4 and 6 years old, authorities said. They were not injured. 

Tallent will be back in court for a Probable Cause Conference scheduled for April 13, followed by a Preliminary Examination set for April 17.