Detroit man charged in death of boy, 2

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 28-year-old Detroit man faces two felony charges related to the death of a 2-year-old boy on the city's west side, officials said. 

At about 8:50 a.m. Friday, Randon McMeekins told Detroit police he heard a loud noise in his home on the 9300 block of Cloverlawn, officials said. That's south of West Chicago Boulevard, east of Oakman Boulevard. 

He told police he went to the bathroom where the toddler was found unresponsive on the floor. He told police he tried to do CPR and then transported the boy to an area hospital. 

The boy was pronounced dead there, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said. The prosecutor's office alleges the man struck the child and caused his death. 

Randon McMeekins

According to the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office, the boy, identified as Bryson Potter, died due to blunt trauma to the chest.

Detroit Police were dispatched to the hospital where they arrested McMeekins. The preliminary police report listed McMeekins as the boy's father, but it was later updated to say there was no relationship between the two, according to Corporal Dan Donakowski. 

The prosecutor's office says the two were just acquaintances. A representative of the family described the man as a family friend. 

McMeekins was arraigned Monday at Detroit's 36th District Court on one count of felony murder and one count of first-degree child abuse. Magistrate Dawn White denied him bond, and McMeekins has petitioned for a court-appointed attorney.

McMeekins will remain jailed as his case proceeds. He's due for a probable cause conference on Oct. 10 and a preliminary examination on Oct. 17, both before Judge Ronald Giles.

Last May, McMeekins was discharged from a 3.5 year probation term after a December 2014 plea deal in Wayne County on charges of possession of marijuana and possession of a loaded gun "in or upon a vehicle."