Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. Its becoming a major epidemic in the United States, claiming the lives of our most innocent. Current statistics show a child is abused every 10 seconds and 5 children die each day due to child abuse or neglect and these statistics are increasing daily.
Two-year-old toddler Damian Sutton lost his life after his mother's boyfriend Ronald Dimambro attacked and violently shook the toddler as an attempt to get him to stop crying while baby sitting.
Relatives of the Macomb County toddler initially thought he had fallen out of a playpen in his home, but Dinambro later admitted to authorities that he shook the child roughly and then threw him. Dimambro was charged in August 2013 for the attack on the toddler. Dimambro was then held on a $500,000 bond.
On Tuesday, a jury found 27-year-old Dimambro guilty of first degree murder and first degree child abuse in the death of 2-year-old toddler.
Earlier in the week, a Macomb County judge denied a request on Monday by Dimambro’s defense attorney to add involuntary manslaughter to the jury’s murder choices for the death of in the case of 2-year-old Damian Sutton, who suffered brain damage after a beating at the hands of Dimambro. Six days later, Sutton died at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit.
Dimambro’s defense attorney argued that Sutton's injuries were an accident but medical experts testified that the toddlers injuries were intentionally inflicted by Dimambro.
Jury deliberations began Tuesday afternoon and a verdict was reached shortly before 5 p.m.
The first degree murder charges carries a sentence of mandatory life imprisonment without parole. The child abuse charges is a punishable with a sentence up to life imprisonment.
Dimambro’s sentencing is scheduled for July 17.
Child abuse advocates and child abuse awareness organizations across the country were outraged over Sutton's death at the hands of Dimambro. Justice may have been served but sadly another innocent life was lost. Child advocates and child abuse awareness organizations around the country strongly believe education and public awareness is knowledge. Education and knowledge can reduce the number of child abuse cases occurring daily.