Boy found dead in Detroit freezer • Babysitter charged with murder • MSP says truck driver caused 696 crashes

The Detroit Police Department is investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy found in a freezer at a home on the city’s west side; a babysitter has been charged with murder in the death of a toddler; Michigan State Police say an “inattentive” tractor-trailer driver caused the tragic crash of the 696 that killed two people on Thursday. These are your top stories for Friday, June 24, 2022.

3-year-old boy dies in Detroit freezer

The Detroit Police Department will spend much of Friday investigating the death of a young boy who was found dead inside a freezer in the basement of a home on the city’s west side. .

Police said they were called to check on a 3-year-old boy around 1am on Friday, only to discover his body in the basement of a house. Investigators confirmed that the boy’s body was found in a freezer inside the house.

How the boy died was not immediately released by police.

A 30-year-old woman was taken into custody. Her relationship to the boy was not known.

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Babysitter charged with murder after child dies over child abuse allegations

A Roseville babysitter accused of beating a young boy so badly that his ears were bleeding has been charged with murder.

Kimora Hodges was charged on Thursday with an open count of murder in the death of Kyrie, who would have turned 2 in July. Hodges is being held without bond and will return to court next week for another hearing.

According to police, Hodges was caring for Kyrie on the night of June 13 at Starks’ apartment in Roseville. Early in the morning of June 14, she contacted the boy’s mother, Taylor Starks, about how he slept.

At first, Hodges said Kyrie ate soap and had an allergic reaction. She believed this story until Kyrie was seen by a doctor in Ascension St. John.

Kimora Hodges has been charged with murder in the death of 1-year-old Kyrie.

“He had blunt force trauma to his head and he was bleeding from his ears and had to have brain surgery immediately,” Starks said. “All I know is she threw my son against the wall and shook him pretty hard and they said that was just kind of what she did to him.”

Hodges had been arrested shortly after being hospitalized for child abuse.

“He had blunt force trauma to his head and he was bleeding from his ears and had to have brain surgery immediately,” Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe said.

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Married couple killed in 696 crash caused by ‘inattentive’ tractor-trailer driver, says MSP

A 72-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman from Northern Michigan were identified as the two people killed Thursday morning when Michigan State Police said a tractor-trailer driver failed to stop for traffic on the 696.

MSP Lt. Michael Shaw confirmed to FOX 2 that it appears the tractor-trailer driver was responsible for the crash that killed two people instantly and seriously injured two others.

Shaw said the crash happened around 10:15 a.m. Thursday on I-696 westbound in Farmington Hills when traffic was between 96 and 275. He said the semi-truck didn’t pull away. not stop in time and had hit the back of a Buick LaCrosse, which had come to a stop on the 96 side of the split.

After hitting the Buick, the semi hit two other cars and then jackknifed.

Shaw, clearly frustrated that two more lives ended on the freeway, said the driver was “inattentive” but did not elaborate on what was happening.

“If the tractor-trailer driver had been careful or allowed a safe distance ahead of him, we wouldn’t be talking,” Shaw said.

The highway was closed for most of Thursday. Shortly before 6:30 p.m., it was reopened.

Shaw said the backseat of the car was so crumpled up that they didn’t even know if anyone else was in the backseat.

Shaw said two other drivers were injured but would not have life-threatening injuries.

“When you get behind the wheel of a car, it’s the same as being behind the trigger of a gun. You’re in charge,” Shaw said. “This vehicle is a weapon”

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Jeep dealership settles with family of worker killed in oil change

The family of a mechanic killed when a Jeep’s clutch was disengaged by a 19-year-old coworker has settled with the dealership after suing the Jeep’s owner for $15 million.

Attorney David Femminineo told FOX 2 that the dealership, Rochester Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge, and the family of Jeffrey Hawkins agreed to an undisclosed settlement after his March 13, 2020 murder, when the owner of a Jeep brought his car in for an oil change. change.

The dealer has indemnified – assumed – the legal liability of the owner of the Jeep. For more explanation on the indemnity, see the full story here.

Under Michigan law, if someone is injured or killed and a vehicle is involved, the car owner is responsible.

AFTER: Owner of car who left Jeep at dealership sued after worker dies during oil change

So the owner of the Jeep, who was waiting in the lobby at the time of Hawkins’ death, was liable in the civil case. No criminal charges have been filed in Hawkins’ death. Femminineo had sued the owner of the Jeep for $15 million.

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What else are we looking at

  1. A student with special needs in Detroit was abused by a teacher at his school after he slipped his water bottle into the lockers. He returned home with cuts, bruises and scratches on his neck. Now this teacher is facing disciplinary action – and the principal is apologizing.
  2. Two victims talk about their experience after being ambushed in a drive-by shooting at a Detroit Airbnb earlier this month. And the house was the scene of a deadly shooting a few months earlier.
  3. Blunt travel advice from the stewardess: ‘We won’t help you if you’re mean’
  4. A 3-year-old boy who has been abducted from his troubled home at least 30 times has received a friendly visit from law enforcement for a change.
  5. The oldest tiger in Detroit Zoo’s Deverux Tiger Forest has died, according to the zoo.

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NBA Draft: Pistons take Jaden Ivey at No. 5, trade for No. 13 pick Jalen Duren

Don’t look now, but the Detroit Pistons are building something special in the Motor City. With the No. 5 overall pick, the Pistons selected Purdue guard Jaden Ivey, who performed well, to team up with NBA No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham, who was ranked No. 1 overall. general last year.

The 6-foot-4 Boilermaker was a second-team All-America with the Boilermakers averaging 17.3 points with three assists per game.

The Pistons aren’t done there, according to ESPN who reported that they acquired Memphis big man Jalen Duren, Charlotte’s 13th overall pick. He came on a three-way trade from the Knicks that also sends veteran guard Kemba Walker here.

Duren, 6-foot-10, was called an explosive shot blocker and jumper who averaged 12 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in his lone college season.

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