45ºF

Mother testifies about son's abuse

Anthony Sewejkis accused of fracturing son's skull

Hunter

CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The mother of a 4-month-old baby was among those to take the stand Thursday at a hearing for the man who stands charged with the baby's abuse.

Anthony Sewejkis, the father of the baby, is charged with first-degree child abuse. He is accused of pushing the baby's head into the floor of an apartment in Canton about a month ago.

Hospital staff called police Dec. 7 when they suspected the boy had been a victim of abuse. The baby, whose name is Hunter, suffered head and brain injuries and remains hospitalized.

Through tears, Hunter's mother, Leann Garlick, testified that Sewejkis first told her that the baby had fallen off the couch while she was out of the house. 

"When I saw his face, it was like it would look if you had stroked. It was not even. It just wasn't right," she said. "So, I got his things and we just rushed to a hospital."

Hunter's grandfather, Sal Alonji, was asked to leave the courtroom during the hearing after several emotional outbursts.

 "The family is very emotional. This has been a real trauma for everybody," he said. "We've basically kept a vigil at the hospital since Dec. 7."

Sewejkis is due back in court in late January.

Canton Township's Anthony Lawrence Sewejkis, 25, was arrested Dec. 7 after hospital staff contacted them with suspicions of abuse to a 4-month-old boy. He was charged with first-degree child abuse on accusations he fractured his son's skull.