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

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  • by Tammy Location: Montrose,PA on Dec 17, 2008 at 09:27 AM
    i don't believe the mother should be put in prison,she didn't know some of you people need to check things out the mother was working!!! as for the father he will get what he deserves God will take care of him.there is so much hate in this world and people are fast to say death row.putting him to death won't fix the baby and it sure won't help the others out there that do these same crimes.people like this need help!prison doen't fix anyone they do there time and get out and do the same thing.maybe the system needs to work on helping people like this then maybe you won't see the same people doing the same thing.i feel bad for the baby and wish the best for her
  • by JustThinkin Location: MI on Nov 2, 2007 at 09:41 PM
    First comment I have, is, I dont read anywhere that this happened to this baby more than once. If it happened that day, was a first time thing, OFCOURSE the mother saw nothing, and could have done nothing. Unlike the murder of the other 3 yr old baby girl, the step mother KNEW & WATCHED the baby was being abused, and did nothing. DHS did nothing when the grand mothers complained. That step mother has a previous mental health history, well known alcoholic, and lost custody of her own son. She isnt being charged, but was acting as full time mother of that child, because the real mother had lost all custody over drug issues and not bothering to show up in court to try and keep her child. She was in the home at the time of the murder. Why isnt she being crusified in court and public, along wih her sick husband? Because our system is sick, ad the gov't thinks they should be in control of how we all raise our kids, but in no way proect any of them from these sick individuals.
  • by Connie Location: Lansing on Oct 11, 2007 at 08:20 PM
    We train to drive a car, then we have to pass a test, but there are parents out there having children and purposely hurting those children. It is upsetting that these kids don't even get a good start to life.
  • by kathie Location: ann arbor on Oct 11, 2007 at 09:21 AM
    it makes me sick. I think they should take the abusers and do the exact same thing they did to the child. They sentence should at least be 20 yrs and make sure the other inmates know exactly what they are in prison for( I think they will exact the punishment they so richly deserve).
  • by amy Location: hanover on Oct 10, 2007 at 08:44 AM
    It was announced on tv that American 1 credit union was taking donations for Baby Isabella. However, when I took donations last week, they would not accept them because they said they did not originally sponsor the event. Do you have more info or know of any other way to get these donations specifically to the baby for her needs? I would greatly appreciate a response as I am very upset that Amer. 1 would deny any donations for this baby. Thank You! Amy Reynolds
  • by Concerned Location: Mid MI on Oct 4, 2007 at 08:43 AM
    To all those who feel the mother should be punished too, if the investigators find out that she knew about it then she will be charged with failure to protect her child otherwise they will give her a chance to be reunified with child. If she truly did not know what happened until she came home to take the baby to the hospital with the father then I feel she should not be held accountable. To Loretta in Jackson, there is no statue of limitations on sex crimes, why do you think they are getting these priest from sex crimes that happened 40 yrs ago. Believe me I am going through that right now after I was molested by my step father for about 17 yrs until I was old enough to get out of the house. I just recently started talking about it. I have not yet filed a report for it but am working on it. All the evidence I have to prove it happened has been destroyed. Please believe me that you can do something about it!!! If he is still molesting all the more reason.
  • by cheryl Location: levering, michgian on Sep 30, 2007 at 07:59 PM
    i am from jackson i and my sister and many cousins were molested at a very early age. by a family member. our lives was changed forever. there should be no limit on the time frame for arrests children are afraid of saying anything until they get older because the molester threatens them. believe me i know this person has been molesting children for 40 years. only arrested once and got out of it because the children was thought to be lying.
  • by jennifer Location: lansing on Sep 28, 2007 at 06:23 PM
    The people of michigan need to fight for the death penalty, especially in cases like this. The world as a whole is getting more sick as each day passes and anyone who commits a crime as sick as this, has no right to live.
  • by Pam F Location: Jackson on Sep 27, 2007 at 03:26 PM
    It is pretty ironic that our state is so broke. Lets have more illegals enter or states and WE take care of them. Open business's dont pay taxes.And look where we are now. Let our governor and congressmen fill there pockets while we are to be taxed to death! Is this the America way? Jobs are hard to come by, medical care is hard to get. Get rid of all these so called company cars, there cost, up keep, insurance. And once OUT of office, they loose there health insurance and pay. Why should we as consumers continue to pay for this?? what good are they doing us?
  • by Cathy Tervol RN Location: Onsted on Sep 27, 2007 at 02:23 PM
    I think Granholm should be commended for her courage. She's right about only keeping the same problem around if she signs the extention. The Legislators were sworn in to represent all of their constituents not just the ones from their own party. This is not a Democratic or Republican issue. This is a people issue and the ones who will be hurt by the lack of action most are the ones who can't even vote or pay taxes; children and mentally incapacitated. The legislators all need to be locked in a room until the budget is worked out. It wouldn't take them long to find a solution.
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