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Posted on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 2:14 p.m.

Man held in jail for allegedly assaulting children at U-M apartment

By Kyle Feldscher

A 22-year-old man faces three felony charges for assaulting two children earlier this week and is being held at the Washtenaw County Jail, according to court records.

Demarco LaShawn Phillips, 22, faces two charges of third-degree child abuse and one count of interfering with electronic communications, records show. He was arraigned Tuesday and is being held in the jail on a $10,000 bond, according to court records.

According to University of Michigan Police, officers responded at 11:20 a.m. Sunday to the 1300 block of McIntyre in the Northwood Community Apartments. According to police, two children reportedly were assaulted by their father between 10:15 and 11:10 a.m. The ages of the children is unknown.

Phillips left the apartment but was found later on in the day and arrested, according to police.

The children did not require medical treatment.

Phillips returns to court for a preliminary exam at 8:30 a.m. March 14, jail records show.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Sat, Mar 9, 2013 : 11:47 p.m.

Is he a UofM student? Why is he living in Northwood?

Kyle Feldscher

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 2:01 p.m.

I wrote this shortly before leaving yesterday and did not have the opportunity to request this man's photo. I've made that request to the sheriff's office now.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 1:53 p.m.

Why are so many concerned about a photo?Could it be to back up some preconceived idea they have about the alleged abuser?


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 5:07 p.m.

Lashawn tells you everything you want to know!

Joseph Maino

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 4:51 a.m.

Photo please?


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 12:17 a.m.

"He was arraigned Tuesday and is being held in the jail on a $10,000 bond, according to court records." Let's see a photo. He has been arraigned, so a photo is available. Please post.

Homeland Conspiracy

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 11:43 p.m.

Could "interfering with electronic communications" mean he grab there cell phones from them.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 2:14 p.m.

Preventing the mother of the children from calling 911 seems much more likely.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 12:23 a.m.


Atticus F.

Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 10:01 p.m.

I'm just curious about the nature of the assualt. I'm concerned that a parent my be arrested for using corpral punishment via the accusations of a disgruntaled ex spouse. I'm not speculating that this is the case here, but I'm concerned about the rights of one parent being outweighed by those another parent.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 5:44 a.m.

@a2citizen: I was engaging Atticus F. in a discussion about concerns since he said he was "concerned" about one possible scenario. One can be concerned about the abuse of children whether or not the abuse actually happened in this specific case. And you're making inferences without using a form of the word "alleged". What special privilege do you have? Finally you seem to be of the view that assault could not have taken place if medical attention was not necessary. That's a really screwed up view!


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 4:05 a.m.

"abuse"? Peregrine, did you miss the word "allegedly" in the headline? Medical treatment was not necessary...sounds like a disgruntled ex.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 2:02 a.m.

I would have thought you'd be concerned about a 22 year-old father abusing what have to be very young children.


Thu, Mar 7, 2013 : 1:59 a.m.

"...two children reportedly were assaulted by their father..." Sounds like the disgruntled spouse scenario to me.


Wed, Mar 6, 2013 : 9:06 p.m.

Large Universities including the UoM may adapt the Clery Act Handbook to use as a comprehensive Campus security guide. The jurisdiction and responsibilities held between the UM and the City of Ann Arbor Police is supposedly detailed in an official document of the guide called the MoU or "Memorandum of Understanding". Is that a publicly available document?