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Detroit Realities #774

Westland parents of a newborn boy took him to the hospital when he had a bruise on his stomach that looked exactly like the carrier buckle he was sitting in for a couple hours. Unknown to the parents was the boy was born with a vitamin-D deficiency making bruising and weak bones. He had 3 broken ribs from his birth 5 weeks earlier. Instead of being told of these issues, the hospital’s child-abuse pediatrician experts, University of Michigan’s Dr. Bethany Mohr called Child Protective Services BEFORE she even examined the boy or spoke with the parents. Not only was this baby taken away but their older daughter was also taken by Child Protective Services with no investigation. Only after getting an attorney, 8 months later after a lengthy trial, they were allowed to get their children back. The judge threw out the case, apologized to the parents, and criticized the utter lack of medical science on the part of Dr. Mohr’s testimony. 

It has been a whole week since there has been any Detroit corruption news. So here we go: the FBI just subpoenaed 2 years of records about the Detroit Land Bank about where backfill dirt came from – as part of an ongoing investigation. 3 years ago, while there was free clean-fill dirt available all around Detroit for demolitions, contractors were charging a fortune (with Mayor Duggan’s approval) to pay a premium for it in Rochester, and then pay a lot to have it hauled from there to Detroit.

The Detroit boutique hotel, The Foundation, built out from a fire house is the center of some new lawsuits. Employees filed a federal civil rights lawsuit contending rampant racism against black employees. They claim racial harassment and discrimination violations and want hotel supervisors to undergo anti-discrimination training.

In other Michigan news, a tip from a prisoner led authorities to 4 people (2 men and 2 women) planning to kidnap a young kid at a county fair, take him to a secluded cabin, where he’d be raped and then burned alive. When they were arrested for conspiracy, their phones had videos of them sexually abusing and raping other children.

In Detroit North, at Pontiac high school, a student was bumped, leading to a brawl of 30 kids and 5 were arrested.

And finally, in “It is a Darwin move to be anywhere near Detroit” news,

  • A Detroit Police cruiser was stolen, the car thief was caught and appeared to be high on something.
  • In a drive-by double shooting at another car, one man was fatally shot and a woman has a non-life-threatening bullet wound. The murder occurred on E. Warren at 1:40am.
  • A Michigan State Trooper tried to pull over an irratic driver in – who then fled, trying to get away from the officer.  Within a couple turns, the suspect lost control and smashed his car into an abandoned home in Highland Park. He was arrested and not seriously injured. It turns out he had a felony arrest warrant.
  • A Detroit Police Commissioner wants the police chief to investigate the “Two Detroits.” They respond quickly to affluent areas and downtown, but slow or never in low-income communities.
  • A 37-year-old Detroiter drove himself to the hospital after being shot in the foot from a man walking past him on Ewald Circle.
  • The body of a 30-year-old man was found on the sidewalk on Lumpkin Street, his body was riddled with bullets.

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