BURTON, Michigan -- A 19-year-old man faces first degree child abuse charges for allegedly critically injuring his girlfriend's 14-month-old baby boy, according to the prosecutor's office.
Police were called around 9:45 Feb. 11 to a home on Chicory Lane near Meadowcroft Drive for a baby in distress, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. The baby was found unresponsive and taken to a local hospital.
The mother's boyfriend, Zachary J. Robinett, was arrested after police learned he was alone with the baby while the mother went to work. The baby suffered numerous bruises to head and body, a skull fracture and bleeding in the brain, Leyton said. It appeared to be a case of shaking baby syndrome.
The baby is now recovering.
"Doctors are referring to him as a miracle baby," said Leyton. "At first, they weren't sure he was even going to live."
Leyton said he is seeing far too many of these cases.
"In just about every case the perpetrator is a young person who is way too young and not ready for parenthood," Leyton said. "In this case, he clearly wasn't ready to take on the responsibility of even watching the child."