Father Charged with Sexual Abuse of 3-Month Old

By: A.J. Hilton Email
By: A.J. Hilton Email

"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.


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  • by Heart Wrenched Location: Jackson on Dec 2, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    this is so dispicable in so many ways, not even sure how to comment. I'll leave it with I wish Bella the best, I pray for guardian angels to protect her. I wish you happiness and peace. I know judgement and/or grace will come in God's time. Prayer's from Jackson.
  • by Darah Location: Fort Collins, CO on Aug 12, 2010 at 07:26 PM
    What a dispicable injustice. The person responsible for his sentencing is just as much of a disgrace to humanity as this cowardly, pathetic excuse for a human being is. Kirk Coleman, I hope you get what you deserve in prison and that my tax money is not spent allowing you the privelege of solitary confinement. I hope karma has it's way with you, and when your miserable, pitiful life is over may you rot in a hell.
  • by heather Location: jackson on Feb 26, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    how sad i am sorry to hear that
  • by Penny Location: burton, mi on Mar 18, 2009 at 12:05 AM
    Has anyone reading this ever been accused of something they didn't do? I, too, am outraged by the abuse of this child and I am appauled by the railroading of her father. I have known Kirk Coleman since he was a very young man and know he could never hurt or injure a child. There are facts in this case that were not submitted to the public. Those of you that question where the mother was in all of this are on the right track. My prayers go out to Bella and to Kirk and his family.
  • by monique Location: england on Jan 9, 2009 at 02:08 AM
    i had to study domething for child deveopment and i saw this!.. it makes me sick tom my stomach to know he could of even thought about doing that let alone actuallly doing it..he needs to be put away for life! its sick!,,, poor child :( hopefully she wont remeber it but when she growns up the kids might taunt her,, i wish her well for the future x
  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2008 at 11:46 AM
    Should be locked up and keys thrown away- totally disturbing. And as far as Granholm goes....she needs to go period, regardless of this situation.
  • by Joe Location: Orlando on Jul 18, 2008 at 06:22 PM
    This is typical for Governor Granholm's district attorney's and judges. 6 years??????? He get's a plea bargain, this 3 month old did not!!! She didn't get to plea out. And now he is going to appeal!!! GOVERNOR JENNIFER GRANHOLM SHOULD BE ELIMINATED FROM HER POSITION, THE ARMY SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AS THIS PERSON OBVIOUSLY HAD MENTAL ISSUES AND WAS RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC!
  • by Angie Location: Parkton on Jul 9, 2008 at 06:35 PM
    I have meet Bella At White Lake, she is a special little girl who will touch your heart in ways its never been touched. She will smile with the biggest smile I've ever seen in my life. This little girl is a gift from GOD. Her family is so special also.They love that little baby with all there hearts and it shows. Bella is my little angel. She has the biggest blue eyes and blond hair.With the love of her family Bella will make it.
  • by Kim Location: Jackson on Jun 4, 2008 at 10:03 PM
    Denny, I appreciated your telling me that I was mistaken, and that indeed my post was elsewhere. But I'm afraid you misunderstood me on the "democratic media" thing. When people use the term "democratic" to refer to a media outlet or society, it simply means an outlet or society that is fair, open, and ruled by the will of the people. Take for example, America is called a "democracy", hence a "democratic society", regardless of which way people may vote. In this sense, when I referred to wilx as a "democratic media outlet", it really had nothing to do with "democrats". By calling wilx a "democratic media outlet" I was actually giving them props for being egalitarian, not in any way accusing them of any liberal bias. I was saying "I stand corrected", because I had previously accused them of being an anti-free speech media outlet comparable to red China. It was indeed wrong of me to jump to conclusions, but these are exitable times we live in, aren't they? Thanks for the help Denny :)
  • by Denny Location: Lansing on Jun 4, 2008 at 07:47 AM
    Kim, I just wanted to show you your posts were posted and that you shouldn't jump to conclusions. And I'm not sure I agree with the democratic media talk without any back up of examples. Seems like just another extreme republican trying to say every media story is wrong when it doesn't fit into their own narrow scope of ideas or doesn't bash democrats. I don't see much republican bashing in these stories either? But yeah, they seem pretty bias, for sure.
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