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Posted on Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 11:09 a.m.

Man awaiting arraignment on abuse charges after child suffers severe internal injuries

By Kyle Feldscher

A 19-year-old man is awaiting arraignment at the Washtenaw County Jail for causing severe internal injuries to his girlfriend’s 2-year-old child earlier this week, police said Friday.

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Ann Arbor police Detective William Stanford said the child was taken to University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital early Thursday after the woman discovered the child was vomiting and having trouble breathing. The woman had left the child in the care of her boyfriend while she was at work on Wednesday, Stanford said.

The child was taken via ambulance to the intensive care unit, where doctors discovered a lacerated liver and lacerated spleen, among other internal injuries. Hospital officials notified police, who discovered the child had been abused, Stanford said.

“He threw the kid across the room, basically,” the detective said.

The 19-year-old man was taken into custody on an unrelated warrant. During an interview with investigators, the man confessed to injuring the child deliberately, Stanford said.

Police said the incident took place Wednesday evening in the 2700 block of Hikone Drive. The woman called 911 after she noticed bruising on the child.

The man could be arraigned as early as Friday afternoon if a warrant is approved by prosecutors in time.

The woman has four other children, Stanford said. Police continue to investigate if any of them also were injured by the man.

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Sun, Jun 16, 2013 : 3:57 a.m.

I don't think some of you read the full article no matter how many children the mother has she was at work obviously providing for ALL her children. She left her child with someone that she obviously love and trusted enough to care for her child. Him doing that to that child makes him sick and deserves to get whatever comes his way. Prayers for that precious baby and all the Women in the world that has gone through this.

Sam S Smith

Sun, Jun 16, 2013 : 12:38 a.m.

Special thoughts and prayers for this young child and all children who suffer from abuse!

D. Kolesar

Sat, Jun 15, 2013 : 9:23 p.m.

This guy is 19 and his girlfriend has 5 kids. I wonder how old she is and already has 5 kids. Maybe she's a cougar... strange.


Sat, Jun 15, 2013 : 7:54 p.m.

Whole Dude - Whole Aggression: I tend to reflect upon God more passionately when I get exposed to a story that reveals man as a brute, or a savage capable of irrational violence, and extreme aggressive behavior. It is very easy to sing praises to the LORD in times of peace, prosperity, and of all other miracles that uplift man from pain, and misery. What is the true, or real nature of man? The only explanation that I can offer is; this kind of aggression is possible if man is ignorant of his own true, or real nature. This young man cannot really keep his own existence unless there is peaceful, and harmonious interactions between his tissues, and organs like liver, and spleen. If there is an internal warfare or struggle, man becomes incapacitated very soon. This realization that it is peace, and not aggression that supports existence, would help man to reflect that aspect in his external behavior, and actions.


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 8:57 p.m.

Well, you confused the heck outta me!

Widow Wadman

Sat, Jun 15, 2013 : 6:27 a.m.

It's been proven over and over again. Leaving your baby or child with your boyfriend who is not the child's father is risky. I wish more young women were warned.


Sat, Jun 15, 2013 : 4:54 a.m.

This is Not an Excuse for the alleged despicable behavior of the boyfriend. I say: Simply look for the mind-altering Drugs. Yep! Lock him up for a Long Time, but mind-altering Drugs are the Problem. When will society figure this out? Not to condemn, but was the mother of the 4 children (possibly older than the 19 yr old defendant) also indulging in drugs? If so, then the Greater Question is whether the children will be placed in Foster Homes. These youngsters need to grow-up in a Healthy Environment. If not, then the circle is perpetuated! The Criminal Justice System can solve Some Problems, but Not All Problems.


Sat, Jun 15, 2013 : 2:07 a.m.

He thrown across the room, really ? I don't know, aren't two year olds pretty easily harmed ? Maybe a hard shake and some slapping around could cause the same inquires ? Yeah its still really messed up but a two year old might well be killed if he was thrown across the room, IMO.


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 8:59 p.m.

What? And how would you know???


Sat, Jun 15, 2013 : 2:01 a.m.

she already has four kids and has an idiot like this watching her youngest child? it doesnt matter if he is the father. She needs to get herself together. As for this "man", if/when found guilty, send him to his cage where he belongs for the rest of his sorry life.


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 9:07 p.m.

Do. Not. Bail. Him. Out. He should never see the light of day as a free "man" again. EVER.


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 8:14 p.m.

These are the stories that scare me the most. I've a little one on the way, I'm not sure I can trust anyone with him/her :( ESP not the "father" or his family. I hate reading this stuff. Prayers to the little one and his/her mother.


Sat, Jun 15, 2013 : 10:11 p.m.

I cannot believe moderators have yet to delete Silly Sally's completely inappropriate comment.


Sat, Jun 15, 2013 : 3:50 p.m.

Hi Candice, Good for you for trying to make a better life for you and your children! no one makes the right decisions all the time-none of us in fact-but you have the right "stuff" to do what you need to do. Don't let the armchair judges get you down! I too am a survivor of spousal abuse and know firsthand how difficult it can be to disconnect from the situation. hang in there, my sister!


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 10:12 p.m.

Let me guess, you believe abortion is the answer? Because, what's done, is done. I'm working full time, in school full time, and hopefully surrounding my child with good people. I plan to protect the best I can, but even the fully sheltered don't live perfect lives and don't quite turn out the way they should. If abortion isn't the answer, which is not an option for me (I know better than to go further than that with Ann Arbor people,) so, please explain what else can be done? I'm not one who came from an ideal situation, which has only given me a bigger blessing. I'm definitely not the one who sits at a computer criticizing the mistakes of someone else, considering I'm far from perfect. I've been given a gift of empathy, which will go a lot further than sitting around pretending that people don't make mistakes...or that I'm some perfect super being who has the right to even say a thing to someone else about the mistakes they've made. You set your own limitations. I hate hearing people whine about how their childhood set there future, grow up and make it a stepping stone vs an obstacle. The point of my comment in the beginning was that this stuff is scary and awful, whether it come from someone who's been in a child's life for years and someone the mother thought they could trust, or from someone new...doesn't matter either way, it happens in all sorts of situations. I do however, suggest reading this Ann Arbor story... This part in particular sticks out to me thinking about people who get on and comment about everyone else, ""Young people may over-evaluate the importance of their own opinions," said former U-M researcher and Ph.D. student Elliot Panek, in a news release."


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 9:56 p.m.

"I'm a firm believer in you get what you give." Like not "giving" a better life to a child? By the way, I'm far from perfect and am the product of a less than perfect childhood. But I know my limitations.


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 9:32 p.m.

Even people who "do the deed" with people they can "trust," there are constant cases of secret abuse. If things like sexual abuse or other "silent" types of abuse not happening, sure you both would have a point. But at least I'm not one of those women who choose to be blind to some man who could potentially harm my child. I can assure you, children go through much worse things than having one parent. May both of you perfect people never cross a path in your lives or in the life if a family member that isn't quite the right circumstances, because I'm a firm believer in you get what you give.


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 9:20 p.m.

Seems pretty black and white to me.


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 9:13 p.m.

If everything were black and white in the world, then sure, your question may be justified. And I'm pretty sure that you've made choices in your life that qualify you for that same type of rudeness. But since you asked, four years ago I had a miscarriage and was told I wouldn't be able to have children. Had the doctor not said that, I would have been a lot more careful. But in retrospect, all children are miracles with a plan from God, so I'm taking what I've been given and trying to do the best with it. Had I not been in the midst of serious heart problems, I would have not had this guy in my life at all. But since I have no one around here to help out when I'm seriously sick, I relied on someone not of choice, and what happened, happened. He didn't show his ugly abusive side until AFTER the fact. I'm sorry for those around YOU, who have to deal with someone in their lives who is so judge mental before knowing a back story. Good luck with that attitude, but I'm sure one day you'll have to eat your own words.

Silly Sally

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 9:05 p.m.

So why did you do the "deed" and get pregnant with him if you can't trust him to help raise your mutual child. How sad for a child to not have a loving mommy and daddy. Girl, where is your sense?


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 5:53 p.m.

god love that Hikone Drive but not with all blood on wall now :(


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 5:42 p.m.

Ugh, don't call him a man.


Mon, Jul 29, 2013 : 9 p.m.

Right on


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 5:54 p.m.

Agreed, the problem is everything else I would want to call him would not get approved by the moderators since profanity is prohibited.

Joseph Maino

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 4:55 p.m.

Too bad this'll only be a child abuse case. Instead of an attempted murder case.


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 4:50 p.m.

Why a child?


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 3:44 p.m.

Hope he gets the book thrown at him, literally. How can anyone do these things?


Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 3:32 p.m.

Lock him up with no bail until the trial.

Superior Twp voter

Fri, Jun 14, 2013 : 3:13 p.m.

So very sad.