2-year-old Washington Township boy severely beaten

Mother's boyfriend in custody, expected to be charged; boy remains in critical condition

By Doda Lulgjuraj , Halston Herrera - Digital news editor

DETROIT - A 2-year-old boy from Washington Township is fighting for his life at Children's Hospital in Detroit after being severely beaten.

Macomb County Sheriff Tony Wickersham said Damian Sutton was in the care of his mother's boyfriend, 26-year-old Ronald Dimambro Jr., on Wednesday when Dimambro called 911 saying the boy was having an asthma attack.

LISTEN: Washington Township 911 call

"He's not moving. He's not responsive to any verbal ... he's gasping," Dimambro is heard saying on the call.

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

The boy remains in critical condition.

Wickersham said Dimambro eventually admitted he had shaken Sutton and was arrested. He was arraigned Friday on a charge of first-degree child abuse. He is being held on a $500,000 bond and faces up to life in prison if convicted.


He was ordered to wear a tether if he posts bond and not have contact with Sutton's mother or anyone under the age of 18 years old.

He was given a court appointed attorney and will be back in court on Aug. 27.

He has a prior criminal history that includes domestic violence and impaired driving.

The family has set up a website asking for donations to help with medical costs.

Click here to donate.

Anyone can also donate at any Fifth Third bank location under the Damian Sutton fund.

--Photos courtesy of Sutton family

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