Thursday, January 6, 2022

Attack leaves 2 Inkster toddlers in critical condition

Two young children remain in critical condition following a New Years Day attack in a home of Grandview Street in Inkster.

Police were called to the home at about 7:30 a.m. Jan. 1 by a 911 caller who requested a well-being check on two children known to be in the home. When responding officers arrived at the home, which is near Middlebelt Road and Avondale, they received no response to repeated knocks and calls requesting response. While walking around outside the home, the officers reported hearing a child crying, and used force to enter the house.

According to Inkster Assistant Police Chief Bill Ratliff, the officers found two toddlers, a boy and a girl, suffering from obvious physical injuries described as severe to their necks and throats. The young boy was unresponsive when discovered by officers, but was resuscitated by CPR administered by the officers at the scene. 

Officers also confronted an adult woman in the home and a struggle ensued, according to police reports, before she was taken into custody by officers. 

Both children were hospitalized and remained in critical condition. The boy was reportedly air-lifted to Children's Hospital in Detroit for further treatment.

Police said the relationship of the woman to the children remains unknown but that the investigation into the situation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Inkster Police Department at (313) 563-9850.