Fundraisers to help family of beaten 2-year-old boy

Damian Sutton, 2, fighting for his life after he was severely beaten

DETROIT - Two benefits are being held to raise money for Damian Sutton, the 2-year-old boy fighting for his life at Children's Hospital in Detroit after he was severely beaten.

The first benefit was held Saturday in Warren at the Alibi Bar on 9 Mile Road and Van Dyke. Those that attended were asked to wear white to represent one of Damian's angels.

Co-workers of the boy's mother are also holding a fundraiser at Younger's Irish Tavern in Downtown Romeo on Tuesday.

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.

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 who remains in extremely critical condition.

The toddler was in the care of his mother's boyfriend, 26-year-old Ronald Dimambro Jr., on Wednesday when Dimambro called 911 saying the boy had an asthma attack, according to the Macomb County Sheriff Tony Wickersham.

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Sutton is focused on only her son's recovery, and the idea of wasting her breath on Dimambro is something she said she won't even consider.

Damian's father, Tim, left the hospital to thank people who showed up for the fundraiser at the Alibi Bar in Warren.

"He's a miracle and he's going to prove that to everyone," said Sutton.


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.

Sutton remains in critical condition.

Other ways to help:

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.

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