Father takes anger out on son, shoots tot in face with shotgun after argument with boy’s mom: Police

A Michigan man intentionally shot his 2-year-old son in the face on Thursday while fighting with the child’s mother, according to prosecutors.

MLive reports that 32-year-old Michael Christopher Glance is behind bars and facing multiple felony charges for allegedly shooting his son, Ryker, outside of their Blackman Township home. According to police, Glance was in a heated argument with the boy’s mother, Nicole McCarthy when the incident occured.

Police said Glance initially held a gun to the boy’s temple and pulled the trigger, but the gun malfunctioned.

Afterward, McCarthy managed to escape the home with their son, but as soon as she brought Ryker to her vehicle and strapped him into his carseat, Glance ran outside with the gun and allegedly fired at the boy, blowing off half of the child’s face. Glance then tried to shoot at McCarthy but again the gun malfunctioned, according to Jackson County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kati Rezmierski.

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Michael Glance [Police Handout]
“For whatever reason, Mr. Glance decided to take his anger out on his 2-year-old child that day,” Rezmierski said. “It was by some divine intervention that gun malfunctioned and his life was spared, but how much of it was really spared? He pointed the gun directly at his son and blew half of his face off.”

According to officials, Ryker was first taken to Henry Ford Allegiance Health, but due to his critical condition,  he’s been transferred to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he’s fighting for his life. A GoFundMe page set up to help with medical expenses indicated the boy has had five surgeries since the shooting, to “repair his face, hand, arm and lungs.”

Glance was arrested shortly after the incident at a residence off of McCain Road. He has no previous criminal history, but Rezmierski said there may have been numerous instances of unreported domestic abuse.

The suspect remains behind bars on a $10 million bond. He’s facing a felony firearms charge and three felony counts of assault with intent to murder, according to NBC 10.

The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.

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[Feature Photo: Ryker Glance/GoFundMe]