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Posted on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

Police: Criminal charges expected in suspicious death of 1-year-old boy

By John Counts

A 34-year-old Ypsilanti Township man is expected to be criminally charged Thursday in connection with the Sunday morning death of a 1-year-old boy, police said.

Deputies from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the 1100 block of Fall River Road in Ypsilanti Township at 12:30 a.m. Sunday after a 911 call that reported a young child was possibly choking, said Sgt. Geoff Fox.

Police confirmed the 34-year-old man, who lived in the residence, made the 911 call. There is no blood relation between the man and boy.

When authorities arrived, the child was not breathing, police said. CPR was administered by deputies until paramedics arrived and took the 1-year-old to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after resuscitation attempts failed, Fox said.

"Further investigation revealed numerous suspicious facts about what happened on this night (that) has led to the arrest of a male subject ... in the home," Fox said.

At this point in the investigation, police could not release any more details due to the sensitive nature of the case. Police would also not yet elaborate on what criminal charges the man might face.

He is currently in custody at the Washtenaw County Jail and is expected to be charged Thursday. Once the man is arraigned, police will release his name and booking photo.

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Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 1:08 p.m.

Truth is a child was killed by the hands of this man ,,don't matter the details the fact is he killed someone and deserves to be punished .....Everyone can voice what that want to ,but everyone that thinks or has any pitty for this man what if it was your child ?? Yeah things would be different then .so before you say things to us about judgeing remember your child is still alive ...If someone in my family did something like this I would disown them there is NO EXCUSE !


Thu, Mar 21, 2013 : 4:31 p.m.

Yea you say that now! I pray you never have to walk in the shoes of anyone involved!!

Lisa Stevens Patterson

Mon, Nov 5, 2012 : 2:56 a.m.

so true


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

I agree with stillschockedNypsi. There must be more to the story that what we will hear in the paper. In NO way am I justifying the murderer, and my deepest condolences go out to Jill's family. I would challenge John Counts to dig deeper, way deeper, into this awful tragic death. . Follow up on the family, the accused. How could he do this? Were drugs involved? What was dynamics that came together to cause a child's death? Before the haters responds saying he was a monster ect… let's look at the cause. Before you can stop evil you must know what caused it.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 10:19 p.m.

First of all Heartbroken, I was replying to olderwisdomes comment.. Second, I know the guy and the story I got is from a very reliable source! As for the family, they should expect people to bash him! Anyone who takes a child's life, regardless of the circumstances, is gonna get bashed! I am seeing so many people defend him and it makes me sick! An innocent BABY lost his life because a guy decided to do what he did and if you know the story, then you know what I am referring to! NO EXCUSE PERIOD!!!


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 12:11 p.m.

And you know the "STORY" not the TRUTH! There is a huge difference!


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 12:11 p.m.

TImk75 did I say he shouldn't be punished? No... This is a grown MAN who mad horrible choices and will have to pay the consequences. The point was HE should not both families involved! Period it is not their fault nor should they have to suffer even more by people's foolishness of commenting, bashing, spreading false information, etc.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 12:57 a.m.

I know the story and it doesn't matter the circumstances that led to this! He IS a MONSTER regardless! Anyone that could take a child's life is a monster! This baby died at the hands of a grown "man" (don't even wanna call him that) and he should be punished to the fullest! If ANYONE ever hurt one of my kids, you would see me facing charges and people attending that persons funeral! No kid deserves to die! Point blank!!! Rest in peace little man! My heart goes out to you!!


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 12:19 a.m.

Why Do we feel the need to know others personal business? To have these details posted for the world to see? There is way more to the story and only 2 people know the TRUTH!

John Counts

Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 1:56 p.m.

Hi Brandon530021. We will do our best to follow up on this story today. More information is expected to be released Thursday, as well.


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 1:06 p.m.

Gary I can say that personally knowing the Murderer & Murdered that there is Way Much More to this story that will Never be printed. The story lets people know that It Happened and be on the look out for all the charges He will receive.


Thu, Oct 25, 2012 : 12:15 a.m.

Personally knowing them you shouldn't want things to be printed! ALL the charges?? well personally knowing the accused and the victims family we should all stop assuming we know anything including the charges,details, etc


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 4:47 a.m.

keep us updated please john.


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 3:18 a.m.

Another baby killed! I swear all you hear in the news lately is babies/kids dying or people getting hit and killed by cars! Michigan needs the death penalty just for child killers! Sleep peacefully little one!


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 1:07 p.m.

You arent kidding Tlmk75 as that makes I believe 3 children murdered in just Ypsilanti alone this week :-(


Wed, Oct 24, 2012 : 1:32 a.m.

I live on Fall River and I am greatful to learn that he is in custidy. It's ok that ALL the details are not able to be released at this time.


Tue, Oct 23, 2012 : 9:11 p.m.

I agree that this story is "newsworthy", perhaps a better headline would be "man arrested in suspicious death of 1 yr old boy".