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Death of Oxford infant homicide, man’s cause unknown

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News

Oxford Township — As investigators try to sort out events leading up to the weekend death of a 7-month-old infant and her 29-year-old father, Oakland Circuit Court records may provide some insight into the man’s troubled life.

Daryne Gailey, who was mentally disabled, divorced his wife in February, then filed for bankruptcy. Records indicate he was possibly a victim of spousal abuse and there was bad blood between his wife, Amanda Hendrick, and his parents.

In April, his mother and guardian Sylvia Majewski of Addison Township obtained a personal protection order against Hendrick for allegedly physically and mentally abusing Gailey to the point he talked of injuring himself. That same month, the couple’s daughter, Charley, was born.

An autopsy determined Charley Hendrick died of blunt force trauma to her head while in her father’s care. Because of the injuries and the girl’s age, the death has been ruled a homicide. Gailey died from what is believed to be three cuts and one deep gash to the neck by a box cutter found at the scene. His manner of death remains undetermined.

Also to be determined is what caused similar wounds suffered by Majewski, 65, found lying on a couch in Gailey’s home on Kintyre with her arm in a bucket of water. It is believed she also was injured by the same box cutter.

“She has been heavily sedated and we have been unable to interview her,” Oakland County Undersheriff Michael McCabe said. “The preliminary investigation indicates the deaths occurred inside the home involving those present.”

Majewski remained hospitalized Monday. Attempts by The Detroit News to reach the baby’s mother, Amanda Hendrick, 25, were unsuccessful. Gailey’s father declined to be interviewed.

Gailey’s neighbors and his co-workers at a local Kroger store were stunned by the events.

Neighbors described him as upbeat and always ready to help, even mowing one neighbor’s grass. They and co-workers at Kroger, where he has worked for 15 years as a clerk, said he doted on his daughter and loved showing her off.

“He has been a reliable and good worker here for 15 years,” said store assistant manager Jamie, who declined to provide her last name Monday. “We all loved him and will miss him dearly. He always had a smile on his face.”

But behind the smile were harsh realities.

Gailey’s parents, Majewski and Andrew Gailey, filed a complaint for divorce on their son’s behalf as his guardians against Amanda on March 28, 2014. Their son, according to Oakland Circuit Court records, has “a seizure disorder, central processing impairment, speech and language impairment, severe attention deficit disorder and expressive impairment.” It is believed, according to one filing, his impairments resulted from a high fever when he was 21/2 years old. He was known to at times not take his medication, according to one document.

Gailey and Hendrick, who allegedly has bipolar mental illness, were married in August 2013. Their daughter was born April 10, 2014

Under terms of the divorce, Hendrick had custody of the girl but Gailey was permitted overnight supervised visits, providing his mother was present. He had picked up the girl at Hendrick’s home in Caro on Friday but was scheduled to return her Saturday.

When they did not arrive Hendrick became concerned and the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office did a welfare check at Gailey’s Kintyre Street address, but no one answered the door and there did not seem to be anything unusual at the home and there were no cars present.

The next day, when another relative went to the home with a deputy and knocked on the door, they heard a woman’s voice from inside telling them to come in. The woman, Majewski, was found on a couch. The bodies of the infant and Gailey were found elsewhere in the dwelling. There were no signs of forced entry and investigators don’t believe anyone else was inside the home.

A bankruptcy filing indicates Gailey’s debts exceeded his $1,500 monthly income from his job. A 2013 filing by a conservator states his parents alleged he had a “mental deficiency and he is not able to manage his money and his affairs properly and he has property that will be wasted or dissipated unless proper management is provided.”

The parents alleged Hendrick — who was their son’s girlfriend at the time — was on Social Security disability but also unable to handle her financial affairs and their son was paying her bills, including for a cellphone and cable television.

In a request for a personal protection order, Majewski alleged her son’s wife was physically and mentally abusive to Gailey and “incites” him to be aggressive toward her and Andrew Gailey.

The April 2014 petition stated: “Amanda Gailey tells Daryne Gailey that his guardians will hit his baby and puts ‘fearful thoughts’ in his head.”

“He is fragile emotionally and as a result he gets so upset he has said he wants to shoot himself in the head,” Majewski wrote the court.

Amanda Gailey denied any abuse to investigators in July 2013 after one of Gailey’s friends reported he saw her kick Gailey in the groin, yell at him and throw a cellphone at her husband. In a subsequent interview, Amanda Gailey told investigators she would never do that having been a victim of child abuse by her own father.

Gailey, who denied his wife ever abused him, told investigators his mother influenced his friend to make up the assault charge “because she does not like his wife.”

Friends plan a candlelight vigil outside the Kintyre Street home Tuesday.

mmartindale@detroitnews.com

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