LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) — Police say a 6-year-old boy is suffering with life-threatening injuries sustained by hours of abuse.
On Sunday, August 16, 2020, deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive six-year-old child around 3:30 a.m. Deputies were specifically called to the 4000 block of Davlind Dr. in Delhi Twp.
30-year-old Quintiene Dontae Campbell of Holt was arrested later in the morning in connection to the assault. Though Campbell is not related to the victims, he does reside in the home with the mother and children.
Court documents reveal details into the alleged abuse at the hands of Campbell.
Kelly Bowen, lead detective from the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office testified to a judge saying the 6-year-old has severe brain trauma, brain damage, facial fractures, broken ribs, holes in both lungs, whipping marks on his legs, feet, back and buttock.
Bowen said doctors didn’t know if the child would survive after the initial surgery and that the “damage is irreversible”.
A second child, described as the seven-year-old brother to the six-year-old, was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released.
Bowen said the two were both strangled.
Detectives are under the belief that the injuries were the result of an assault that occurred the previous evening.
Bowen said a neighbor described to police what she heard that night as “sounding murderous and the sounds of people screaming in pain” for about two or three hours. However, the neighbor never called police.
Bowen said Campbell called the police after discovering the six-year-old unresponsive in bed.
Campbell initially told detectives the child fell down the stairs, but that he didn’t know how.
Then Bowen said Campbell admitted to getting extremely angry because the children snuck food and made a mess.
On August 18, Campbell was charged and arraigned on two counts of first degree child abuse, two counts of first degree child abuse in front of a child, one count of third degree child abuse and one count of third degree child abuse in front of a child.
As of now, Campbell is being held without bond at the Ingham County Jail. He is scheduled to appear on August 27 at the 55th District Court in Mason in front of Judge Allen.