A Michigan baby is dead and his twin brother remains in the hospital after an incident that police are calling one of the worst cases of child abuse they have seen.
Fox 2 reports that Ecorse police responded to a call at around 4 a.m. Wednesday morning in connection to an unresponsive child at the Renaissance Estates apartment complex. Responding officers arrived to find a 1-year-old baby on the hood of a car with “unspeakable injuries.”
The baby, identified as Zyaire Reed, was unconscious and unable to be revived.
Police later learned that another child, Zyaire’s twin brother, was inside the apartment showing signs of abuse. The mother reportedly didn’t say a word about the other twin while officers were at the scene.
“One of our evidence techs that was called to the scene…..he asked to speak to me and says, ‘the twin brother is now at the hospital as well,'” Inspector Timothy Sassak with the Ecorse police said.
Zyaire was pronounced dead at the hospital, while his twin brother remains there in serious condition. He’ll need emergency surgery at Detroit Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
The children’s uncle, Ricky Tanner, told Fox 2 that the surviving twin had a “broken hip, a broken nose, bleeding on the brain.”
Authorities detained the child’s mother, Lisa Reed, and a manhunt ensued for her live-in boyfriend, James Gibson. He’s accused of brutally beating the babies.
“This is the worst I’ve ever seen,” Sassak said. “The live-in boyfriend decided to leave, took the family vehicle, and did not return.”
Authorities eventually found Gibson at a home around 25 miles away in Sumpter Township. Both Gibson and Reed are expected to be charged with murder and child abuse. Both remain behind bars.
According to Click on Detroit, Gibson was previously arrested on unrelated child abuse charges. He was released from jail early due to coronavirus concerns.
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[Feature Photo: Zyaire Reed/Facebook]