"This is probably one of the worst cases of child abuse I've seen since I've been working for Blackman Township," said Mike Jester, Blackman Township's Public Safety Director.
27-year-old Kirk Coleman stood quietly in Chief Judge R. Darryl Mazur's courtroom, facing first-degree charges of criminal sexual conduct and child abuse, patiently waiting for the Jackson County judge to set his bond.
The judge set bond at $100,000.
Coleman was living in the Spring Glen Apartments just days ago, working as a painter. That all changed Saturday. Coleman, the father of a three-month-old baby girl, along with her mother took their unresponsive child to Foote Hospital in Jackson. The child was later airlifted to the University of Michigan's Mott Hospital, and remains in critical condition.
"The injuries are quite extensive," said Jester. "Very serious, such as broken ribs, skull fractures and so forth."
Blackman Township Police started their investigation, and it didn't take them long to start questioning Coleman as to what happened.
"We determined that he was the only one home," said Jester. "Our detectives spoke with him and was able to get him to admit that he was responsible for the injury."
The three month old is still unconscious, and needs a ventilator to breathe. Child protective services has also stepped in terminating parental rights, taking custody of the child. A child who's life will never be the same.