A 2-year-old Macomb County boy has died, just days after suffering brain damage when he was allegedly shaken by his mother's boyfriend.
For days the family of two-year-old Damian Sutton prayed for a miracle.
"You always expect them to outlive you . I just had him four weeks ago and it was the greatest time in the world. You don't look at a kid and don't think they are going to be there the next day," said
Damian's Grandfather Steve Higdon.
Just before 8 a.m. Tuesday, the little boy passed away at Children's Hospital after spending several days in a medically induced coma.
"You don't know, you don't know how to deal with that. You don't know how to deal with a 2-year-old dying and going up and looking at him and knowing he's not there," said Damian's Uncle Joe Sutton.
Ronald Dimambro, 26, is charged with attacking Damian last week while baby-sitting him in Washington Township, about 30 miles north of Detroit.
He was the boyfriend of little Damian's mother.
Macomb County Sheriff Tony Wickersham said Dimambro called 911 to report Sutton was having an asthma attack, but later admitted he shook the child.
LISTEN: Washington Township 911 call
In court this morning a judge revoked Dimambro's bond.
Prosecutors are expected to charge him with felony murder pending the results of Damian's autopsy.
Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Smith is handling the case.
"Three year old boy at home and the idea that I do anything other than hugging him, people can't even fathom. In this case, it struck us in the office," said Smith.
Outside of court Dimambro's lawyer had little to say.
"We are going to wait and see if the charges are going to be amended and we will go from there," said lawyer Randy Rodnick.
Damian underwent brain surgery Sunday at Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit to have part of his skull removed due to swelling in his brain. He had slowly been taken off medication and brought out of a medically-induced coma so doctors could evaluate his brain function.
"If any one of us could have taken his place ... God knows he didn't deserve this," said Joe Sutton, Damian's uncle.
A family statement said he died just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.
It is with a heavy heart that I write this statement.
My great-nephew, Damian Sutton, passed away at Children’s Hospital in Detroit at 7:41am on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.