Redford Twp. couple charged with murder in girl's death

Payne Lubbers
The Detroit News
Redford Township Police vehicle

Redford Township — A Redford Township couple was charged Thursday with the beating death of a 5-year-old girl who was found Tuesday in a motel room. 

Michael Deshawn Lewis, 30, and Steffani Jones, 26, were arraigned in 17th District Court on charges of felony murder, second-degree murder and child abuse in the death of Jones' daughter and injuries to her 3-year-old son.

A visibly emotional Jones broke down crying during the video arraignment before Judge Karen Khalil. 

Lewis, wearing a white jail jumpsuit, sat emotionless during the hearing. Defense attorney Regina Jemison said Lewis notified police about the children's abuse.

The pair is scheduled for a probable cause conference July 9 and a preliminary examination July 16. 

Khalil denied bond for both, citing safety concerns and a possible risk of flight since they both lived in a motel. 

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Police said the boy was found in the room where the girl was discovered injured and unresponsive Tuesday night at the Inn America  in the 14300 block of Telegraph Road in Redford Township. 

Authorities allege the couple physically abused the boy. The girl's death was ruled a homicide by multiple instances of blunt force trauma, according to an investigator with the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office. Although Redford is in Wayne County, the girl was taken to an Oakland County hospital.