Private funeral but public viewing is Friday for Damian Sutton

Washington Township boy dies days after being allegedly shaken

By Halston Herrera - Digital news editor
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CLAWSON, Mich. - A private funeral is being held Friday for 2-year-old Damian Sutton, the Washington Township boy who died from injuries he suffered when he was allegedly violently shaken by his mother's boyfriend.

Friday, family and friends said goodbye to the boy with the big blue eyes.

The public is invited to a viewing from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lynch and Sons Funeral Home -- 1368 N. Crooks Road in Clawson. The funeral home donated the funeral service.

Other vendors are donating the vault and casket and the burial plot.

Money that had been donated to Damian's medical care will now be used to help prevent similar tragedies.

"We will be paying it forward to child abuse foundations," said Damian's great aunt Cora Leibowitz.

The public is also invited to a "celebration of Damian's life" event on Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Athena banquet hall -- 25650 Gratiot Avenue in Roseville.

--Photos courtesy of Sutton family

Sutton died Tuesday morning at Children's Hospital in Detroit after spending several days in a medically-induced coma.

Ronald Dimambro is accused of attacking the boy while babysitting him on Aug. 21.

Macomb County Sheriff Tony Wickersham says the 26-year-old man called 911 to report Sutton was having an asthma attack. Wickersham said Dimambro later admitted he had shaken the child.

LISTEN: Washington Township 911 call

Dimambro was originally charged with child abuse, but the charge was amended to murder when Sutton died.

--Ronald Dimambro

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