Dearborn shooting victims, both 3, to need 'lifetime of care'
Dearborn's police chief said Thursday the two 3-year-old children shot and wounded by another 3-year-old in September at an unlicensed daycare center will need "a lifetime of care."
"Both toddlers are recovering," said Chief Ronald Haddad at a 10 a.m. news conference he called to update the media on the case. "They'll require long-term care. I've been told they're both at home at this time."
"Physically, the children are healing up," Haddad also said. "One has more critical injuries than the other. But these types of injuries just don't go away."
The police chief said he wouldn't get into specifics of the case, such as how many shots were fired and how many guns police removed from the home, because the case is heading to court.
He said, however, his department will likely release mugshots of the couple after they have been formally charged in court.
Officials said Wednesday they have charged Timothy Eubanks with six counts of second-degree child abuse, a felony. He is accused of allegedly “knowingly and intentionally” to have acted in a way to cause serious physical harm, leaving two loaded firearms unsecured and within reach of his six children, ages 3-15.
Authorities have charged Samantha Eubanks with two counts of second-degree child abuse and two counts of felony firearm in connection with the shooting.
She also is charged with four counts of second-degree child abuse in connection with the children at the home daycare who were not shot, plus an additional six counts involving exposing her own six children to the risks of being harmed because of the loaded firearms in her home.
If convicted, Timothy Eubanks faces up to 10 years in prison for each child abuse count.
His wife faces up to 10 years in prison for the six child abuse charges, plus four or more years for the felony firearm charges. In addition, each of the exposing children to harm charges, which is a felony, is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The couple were arraigned on the charges Thursday in 19th District Court before Judge Gene Hunt, who set a $20,000 bond.
The shooting occurred Sept. 27 at the couple’s home in the 3600 block of Harding. The prosecutor’s office alleges that Timothy Eubanks left the family’s home, leaving two unsecured handguns in an upstairs bedroom and also “knowing that the guns could endanger the lives (of) his six children.”
A probable cause conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday, and a preliminary examination is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Nov. 17.
At the time of the shooting, two 3-year-old boys, a 1-year-old boy and three girls, ages 4 months, 1 year, and 3 years of age were at the home, according to police.
Timothy Eubanks and the couple's three older children, ages 10, 12 and 15, were not at the home, authorities said.
Police said Samantha Eubanks told them she was on the home's first floor at about 10:19 a.m. when she heard a noise upstairs.
She also told them she discovered one of her 3-year-old sons had gone upstairs, found an unsecured handgun in the bedroom and shot a 3-year-old boy in the face and another 3-year-old in the shoulder.
The children were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.
"This remains a complete tragedy for our community," Haddad said.
Haddad also discussed a few other cases his department has handled in recent months.
One was the arrest and charging of two of three suspects in a home invasion and theft from multiple vehicles on Sept. 16, 2017.
The police chief said Dadontae Owens, 19, of Detroit, and Michael Griffin, 18, also of Detroit, face multiple charges, including concealing stolen property, conspiracy to commit larceny from an auto, identity theft and first-degree home invasion.
Haddad said police are still searching for the third suspect whom they are not identifying at this time.
He also said officers have arrested a suspect in an Aug. 26 armed robbery of a beauty supply store.
John Evans, 29, was arrested earlier this month at a residence in Hamtramck. He was formally charged in court, ordered held on a $500,000 bond and his jury trial has been set for Jan. 22, 2018.
Authorities accuse him orchestrating a robbery at the Kay Beauty Supply store on Wyoming. They said he and four masked men robbed the store at gunpoint. Evans stood guard at the front door while the other men took money from the cash register and safe as well as beauty products, officials said.
Police are still working to find the other four of five suspects involved in the robbery, Haddad said.
He also said police have arrested two men for stealing catalytic converters from vehicles across southeast Michigan.
John Goodwin Jr., 23, of Detroit, and Shirawn Hawkins, 39, of Eastpointe, both face multiple charges including larceny from a vehicle, possession of a firearm during a felony and being a habitual offender. A judge set their bond at $100,000 and scheduled their next court date for Nov. 8.
Haddad said the pair stole thousands of dollars worth of catalytic converters from vehicles.
Sarah Rahal contributed.