Baby Worse Than Expected

By: Lori Dougovito Email
By: Lori Dougovito Email

The Blackman Township baby, who police say was raped and beaten by her own father, is in worse condition than originally thought.

Investigators say she has 17 broken bones on her little body. The three month old baby has broken ribs, broken eye sockets and broken bones on her thighs and legs. She is in critical, but stable condition at an Ann Arbor hospital.

Her father, Kirk Coleman, 27, is charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct and first degree child abuse. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday.

"Oh, it just hurt, it really hurt," says Jackson resident Shauna Rogers when she heard the horrific details. She, the mother of four small children, and a small group of others wanted to do something, so they rallied outside of the Jackson County Courthouse.

"We had signs. We had a lot of people riding by, honking," she says.

"People from the courthouse, out on break, were standing with us," says Vanessa Gant who was also there.

It's support the group hopes grows. They'll be back next Tuesday for Coleman's preliminary hearing. They've contacted media, posted comments on internet message boards and they'll be passing out fliers this weekend.

"I'm just sick of seeing abuse. Around the corner, a three year old just died," says Harry Gant, Rogers boyfriend.

That girl, Victoria Brower, was found face down in her bed on Biddle Street last July. Her father will soon stand trial charged with abusing and killing her.

"My main goal is stricter punishment for people like this," says Rogers.
She has a very personal connection to the alleged abuse victims. She says she was raped by her own father when she was four. He was in prison for just seven years. "Got out on good behavior," she says.

If you'd like to contact Rogers and her group of Jackson residents please email her at hsekke2007@yahoo.com.


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