Wixom man charged with child abuse ahead of 4-year-old boy’s death

Charges could be upgraded now that boy has died

Police say a tragedy unfolded inside an apartment at The Village Complex in Wixom. For nearly a week after the incident, police say a four-year-old boy fought bravely to overcome the horrific injuries he sustained.

WIXOM, Mich. – Police said a tragedy unfolded inside an apartment at The Village Complex in Wixom.

For nearly a week after the incident, police said a 4-year-old boy fought bravely to overcome the horrific injuries he sustained.

Read more: Police: 4-year-old Wixom boy dies after suspected child abuse

“From Saturday (March 5) up till he died Thursday, there was a lot of family I’m told up at Mott Children’s Hospital,” said Wixom Police Chief Ronald Moore.

Last Saturday, police said the mother’s boyfriend, Deangelo Hawkins, called 911, saying the boy -- identified as Jaice Dupont -- was unconscious and having difficulty breathing.

“Tragically, little Jaice died of his injuries, but my police officers and the firefighters from the Wixom Fire Department tried very hard to save his life,” Moore said.

The 4-year-old boy was rushed to a local hospital, but his injuries were so severe that he was transferred to Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.

“It’s just scary to want to have kids in this world knowing how angry and dangerous people are,” a neighbor said.

Investigators discovered Dupont had life-threatening injuries to his skull. Hawkins was the only one at home with Dupont on Saturday while the boy’s mother was at work, police said.

Neighbors were shocked by the tragedy.

“That’s disgusting,” a neighbor said. “Who’d want to do that to a kid, though?”

Hawkins, 30, was arrested the day Dupont was taken to the hospital and charged with first-degree child abuse. He remains behind bars on a $1 million bond.

“People are so angry out here,” a neighbor said. “You don’t take your anger out on kids.”

Hawkins has a lengthy criminal record spanning several cities. He was on probation after being convicted of assault with intent to do bodily harm.

Police expect the charge of child abuse to be upgraded now that Dupont has passed away.


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