Damian Sutton, 2, died at Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit Tuesday morning, just hours before his mother’s new boyfriend was due in court for a hearing on a charge of 1st degree child abuse. Now it appears that Ronald Anthony Dimambro Jr will face an amped-up charge of felony murder.
Dimambro was baby-sitting the child last Tuesday at his parents’ Washington Township apartment when he called 911 to report that Damian was in distress.
Police say the boy suffered from ‘shaken baby syndrome’ and was also punched and kicked.
Damian was taken to a local hospital, then transferred to Detroit. His brain was swelling, and his prognosis was never good.
Doctors conducted emergency surgery Sunday, but were quoted as saying that if Damian survived, he would be largely brain-dead.
Soon, procedures and medicines used to control the child’s blood pressure and brain swelling began to fail. Doctors took him off the medically-induced life support he had been on for a week to see how he would react. That happened during the early hours of this morning.
Damian’s condition depreciated rapidly. Family members said their goodbyes and the boy passed away at 7:41 a.m.
A few hours later, defendant Dimambro was in the 42-2 district court in Romeo. He had already admitted to investigators that he had shaken the baby.
His bond of $500,000 on the child abuse charge was revoked.
Prosecutors said that if the child’s death resulted from abuse, Dimambro would be charged with felony murder. The augmented charge could be brought as soon as Wednesday.