Wayne County judge's son convicted of child abuse

The son of a Wayne County Circuit judge was convicted Friday of second and third-degree child abuse.

Gary Davis-Headd, 31, whose mother is Judge Tracy Green, was found guilty by Judge Paul Cusick during a bench trial in Wayne County Circuit Court. Green has denied accusations that she used makeup to cover up bruises her son inflicted on one of his children.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Tracy Green

Davis-Headd was remanded to the Wayne County Jail to await sentencing Oct. 16. He was not given bond and could face up to 20 years in prison.

Efforts to reach Davis-Headd's attorney were unsuccessful.

Davis-Headd, who has five children who live with their biological mothers, was charged in November with two felony counts of second-degree child abuse involving two of his children.

One of the children, an 11-year-old boy, testified during a parental termination hearing in March that his grandmother, Green, tried to cover up bruises from a beating by his father with makeup the night before he went to school.

Green testified she never saw bruises on her grandson and denied she used makeup to cover them up. The jurist did testify that she saw a handprint on her grandson's face from her son and acknowledged knowing that her son used a belt to discipline  his two oldest sons.

Green has maintained that she has "done nothing wrong."

"I am not on trial here," the judge said during the March hearing. "I stand by my previous testimony, and I pray my reputation for integrity and decency will speak for me."

Elected last year to the circuit court's family division, Green was an attorney for more than two decades. She is known for her work in reuniting parents with their children in the foster care center.

Christine MacDonald contributed.


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