Botsford Hospital says victim in baseball bat beatings close to being moved to rehab facility

Sal Cipriano survives beating by older brother, Tucker Cipriano, in Farmington Hills home

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DETROTI - There's been an improvement in the condition of the 17-year-old victim who was beaten inside his Farmington Hills home with a baseball bat.

Sal Cipriano remains in critical condition at Botsford Hospital, but is getting therapy every day and could be transferred to a rehab center soon.

His mother, Rose, has already been moved to a rehab center.

About the attacks

On the morning of April 16, Bob Cipriano, Rose's husband and Sal's father, was beaten to death inside the family's home.

Sal's older brother, 19-year-old Tucker, and his friend, 20-year-old Mitchell Young, are charged with murder in Tucker's father's death. Police say the duo broke into the home and beat the three family members with baseball bats.

Tucker's young sister and brother, Sal's twin, were also at the home during the attack. Police said the boy called 911 from a closet and his sister allowed police into the home where they reported finding a gruesome murder scene.

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Tucker Cipriano had been kicked out of the house for using drugs.

-- Tucker Cipriano and Mitchell Young both face murder charges.

Friend says he was asked to get rid of knife

Ian Zinderman testified that he was with Tucker and Young the night they planned to "kill a family."

Zinderman said he was offered money to be a getaway driver or help cover something up.

He said Tucker told him he wanted to break in to steal money or anything of value they could use to buy a synthetic marijuana called "spice."

Zinderman said Tucker and Young planned out what was going to happen once they got in the house.

"I don't' remember who said it, but one of Tucker or Roderick said, they were talking about which family member should be taken care of, who would take care of which family members," Zinderman said.

He said Tucker would go after his brothers and Young would go after Tucker's mom and dad.

Zinderman said he asked not to be a part of the plan - but testified that he later saw blood on Tucker's clothing and was told to get rid of a truck by leaving it in Ferndale and throw a knife in a river.


Police officer describes 'bloody' scene in home

Farmington Police Office Mike Meister told the court the call he initially responded to on April 16 was for "family trouble."

Meister said the first person he saw when he approached the house was the Cipriano's 8-year-old daughter. He took her out of the house and later found Rose and Sal covered in blood.

Watch: Chilling testimony heard in Cipriano case

"I could hear gurgling coming from Salvador," Meister said.

Meister said when Bob Cipriano was found in the kitchen, he was pronounced dead.

READ WITNESS TESTIMONY: Police officer Mike Meister

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