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ME: Boy, 10 months, died of 'multiple' blunt force injuries

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

After a 10-month-old boy died last week at Children’s Hospital, Detroit police are investigating the death as a possible child abuse. On Monday morning, the Wayne County Medical Examiner identified the boy as Kass Parker. His death was a homicide, the result of "multiple blunt force trauma injuries."

On Wednesday, at about 7 p.m., a parent dropped off the boy with relatives, said Officer Jennifer Moreno, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman. Two hours later, those relatives took him to Children’s Hospital because he was having trouble breathing.

The boy's family lives on the 9600 block of Grandmont, which is east of the Southfield Freeway and south of Plymouth Road.

The 10-month-old is at least the third toddler to die from their injuries or be shot in Detroit in the three days from Wednesday through Friday.

Doctors evaluated the toddler and found severe internal injuries and a fractured skull, Moreno said.

Friday morning, he died.

The police department’s child abuse unit is investigating the case, but no arrests have been made as yet, Moreno said.

Parker was at least the third toddler to die from their injuries or be shot in Detroit in the three days from Wednesday through Friday.

On Wednesday night, a four-day old boy was “grazed” in the head in a shooting that wounded his 24-year-old mother on the 16100 block of Maddelein. On Saturday, about 3 p.m., Yvetta Gee, the 20-year-old woman suspected in the shooting, turned herself in at the 9th Precinct.

On Thursday night, about 8:30 p.m., in the area of Puritan and Archdale on the west side, a 6-month-old boy, and two girls, 2 and 4, were ejected from a Chrysler Town & Country minivan when it was struck by a silver Pontiac Grand Prix. Five other occupants in the Town & Country were hospitalized after the crash, but the 6-month-old died. 

On Monday morning, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced charges against the alleged driver of the Grand Prix, a 31-year-old Detroit man named Deandre L. Cody. Authorities believe that Cody "disregarded" a stop sign at Puritan, crashing into the Town & Country. He has been charged with one count of failure to stop at an accident when at fault resulting in death; two counts of failure to stop at an accident resulting in serious injury, death or serious impairment; one count of driving with a suspended license, causing death; and driving with a suspended license, causing serious injury. Cody was arrested Saturday in Southfield.

Cody was scheduled to be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Detroit's 36th District Court.

jdickson@detroitnews.com