FLINT, Mich. (CBS/AP) The mother of the 4-year-old who was allegedly beaten to death for wetting his pants was arraigned Monday in a Flint courtroom on second-degree murder charges.
Genesee County woman Corinne Baker wiped away tears with her shoulder as the judge explained the charges she faces in the death of her son Dominick Calhoun, reports The Flint Journal. No bond was set, and she remains in custody in Livingston County for breaking probation in an unrelated case.
Authorities allege that Baker, 25, willfully disregarded her son's condition while her live-in boyfriend, Brandon Hayes, repeatedly tortured her son to death for wetting his pants in their apartment.
Baker reportedly told police she was afraid to report the abuse, thinking she would be blamed or charged with violating her probation for a 2008 drug conviction by being in an environment with illegal drugs, moving without notifying officials of her new address and associating with Hayes, a person with a prior felony conviction, reports The Flint Journal.
Brandon Hayes is being charged with torture and first degree murder for the death of Dominick Calhoun. The accident reportedly occurred April 8, and Hayes allegedly tortured the 4-year-old over a period of four days.Dominick's body was found Sunday, April 11 on the floor of the apartment. The young boy was taken off life support the following day.
Megan Calhoun, Dominick's aunt who attended Monday's arraignment, plans to attend as many hearings as she can emotionally handle. "I just want justice to be served," she told The Flint Journal. She said she loved Dominick and wishes she could "see him grow up."
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