Thursday, January 23, 2014

Dad charged with felony murder in death of 4-month-old son (Jackson, Michigan)

Dad is identified as MICHAEL YOUNG. No mention of a mother in the home.

Father charged with murder, child abuse for allegedly causing burns that killed 4-month-old son

By Danielle Salisbury on January 23, 2014 at 11:31 AM, updated January 23, 2014 at 1:27 PM

JACKSON, MI – A 30-year-old man has been charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse in the Monday death of his 4-month-old son.

Jackson police believe Michael Young placed Michael Young Jr. in too-hot bathwater last week and the water burned the child, Deputy Chief John Holda said.

A medical examiner concluded the child died of complications stemming from the burns, for which he did not immediately receive treatment, Holda said.

Jackson County District Judge R. Darryl Mazur arraigned the boy’s father Wednesday, Jan. 22, Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka said, and Mazur ordered him held in the county jail without bond. If convicted of the murder charge, Young will be sentenced to a mandatory term of life in prison.

A preliminary examination is scheduled for Feb. 4.

The boy, born Sept. 17, died Monday, according to his obituary, but Jackson police reported he had the hot bath several days before his death.

Jarzynka, who did not wish to discuss specifics of the case, said the accused crimes began Jan. 16.

Emergency personnel were called at 11:35 p.m. Sunday to the 100 block of Shahan Drive, north of Monroe Street, and found the child “unresponsive,” Holda said.

The boy was taken to Allegiance Health and died at the hospital, Holda said.