Mom and boyfriend charged as baby boy is ‘beaten to death’ and his twin brother is hospitalised
A ONE-YEAR-OLD boy is dead, his twin brother critically injured, after allegedly being beaten by their mother's boyfriend.
Police were called to a home in Ecorse, MI early on Tuesday where they found Zyaire unresponsive. Zion was also badly injured, reported FOX2.
Zyaire was pronounced dead a short time later, while Zion underwent emergency surgery for a broken hip and nose, and bleeding on the brain.
Police said the boys' mom, Lisa Reed, was taken into custody. Her boyfriend James Gibson had fled the home, located 12 miles south of Detroit.
"The live-in boyfriend decided to leave, took the family vehicle, and did not return," Inspector Timothy Sassak of Ecorse police said.
Gibson was found, after a 12-hour manhunt, at a residence about 25 miles away.
Both are expected to be charged with crimes related to the incident.
The horrific child abuse has shaken local authorities, with Inspector Sassak describing it as "the worst I've ever seen" in 30 years in law enforcement.
"Most people [with an injured baby] take them to the hospital," Sassack said.
Police say Gibson was out on parole for another child abuse case in Traverse City in northern Michigan.
He was released on May 8.
The boys' grandmother Susan Williams-Bawol started a donation page to raise funds for Zyaire's funeral.
"His life was taking [sic] at the hands of a monster," she said.
"I don't even know what to say here, I am so lost and hurt."
The boys' uncle, Ricky Tanner, told FOX2 Zion was expected to live but was "struggling".
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