The family of a 2-year-old abuse victim says the little boy may be showing signs of improvement following emergency surgery Sunday.

Damian Sutton had to have part of his skull removed due to swelling in his brain.

His family said Monday the boys eyes were responding to light - a sign that he may not be brain dead.

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Little Damian has been in a medically induced coma since he was found unresponsive Wednesday in a Washington Township home.

The boyfriend of Sutton's mother was caring for the toddler at the time.

Macomb County Sheriff Tony Wickersham says 26-year-old Ronald Dimambro Jr., called 911 to report Sutton was having an asthma attack.

Wickersham said Dimambro later admitted he had shaken the child.

LISTEN: Washington Township 911 call

--Dimambro

Sutton was first rushed to McLaren Macomb Hospital and then transferred to Children's Hospital because of the seriousness of his head injuries.

Dimambro was arrested and arraigned Friday on a charge of first-degree child abuse. He has a prior criminal history that includes domestic violence and impaired driving.

The mother of the boy, Nicole Sutton, said she is keeping a round-the-clock vigil at Children's Hospital and welcomes any and all prayers for her boy.

Dimambro is being held on a $500,000 bond and faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Fundraiser for Sutton:

A second fundraiser is planned Tuesday to help raise funds for the family of Sutton at Younger's Irish Tavern in Downtown Romeo.

Food and beverages will be donated by the tavern and all monetary funds collected will go to the family to help with expenses.

Younger's Irish Tavern is located on Main Street.