BREAKING: Mother Charged in Death of Lansing Toddler

By: News 10
By: News 10

The mother of a two-year-old Lansing boy has been charged with his death.

Mercedes Kemp is charged with one count of murder and one count of torture in the death of Brandon Kemp.

Marcus Hill was also arraigned on the same charges. Family tells us Kemp and Hill were dating.

Both are also facing an additional torture charge for another one of Kemp's children, a 3-year-old girl.

Brandon Kemp was found unresponsive at his mother's home at Pine Brooks Apartments on April 30 and died at a nearby hospital.

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  • by Corey Location: ATL on May 27, 2012 at 08:17 PM
    As the Uncle of Marcus Hill I must say that I know people change and do bad things but that is not the nephew I know. Marcus lived with me a few yrs back and he use to always play with the kids and show them so much love. There were many times I would ask him to stop playig with the kids so much because I knew that kids like to keep playing even when the adult no longer wants to play, but Marcus would always keep playing with them anyway and for some reason they never seem to get on his nerves, so now to hear that he accused of this hanius crime really confuses me. I would have to say that If u have a woman that dont abuse her child you have a woman that wont allow her child to be abused. I think that if Marcus was truly abusing this child than the mother would have told a long time ago especially being that her and Marcus hadn't known each other for a very long time, and if he was the type that abuse kids than not only would the girlfriend kids be abused but Marcus kids would have been abused as well.I am not the juror or judge but something just isn't adding up. To the family of little kemp I would like to say that you have an addorable little Angel watching over you every where you go so keep your head up and thank GOD for your special little Angel and remember that GOD makes no mistakes, and I hope and pray that the courts gives you your grandaughter so you can give her all the love that she needs. GOD BLESS!!!
  • by Kenyatta Location: Columbus OH on May 25, 2012 at 05:48 PM
    All i do is sit up & think about the terrible situation that happened. WHYYY? All im askin is Whyy ? What did this Handsome/Precious little 2year old child do to anybody ? Ill answer that question myself. NUTHIN AT ALL. For someone to sit up and take an innocent childs life for no apparent reason, its just SAD. All iknow is whom ever is responsible for this childs death, will face the consequences. The truth has to come out sooner or later. Just know the TRUTH will set u free. BY THE WAY im prayin for the 2year old boys family !!!! KEEP YOUR HEADS UP & STAY STRONG :).
  • by lenna Location: michigan on May 25, 2012 at 05:26 PM
    from the grandmother of marcus hill,im hoping and praying that the truth be told and lords will be done, i am very sorry for this unfortunate situation and im praying for this family as well as my grandson throughout this course of bad time,the lord above is holding brandon closer to him now and looking down on his family,once again im sorry and may god bless you all.......
  • by incognito Location: Lansing on May 24, 2012 at 10:27 PM
    i don't need to know the details of the torture but sure wish these evildoers the same torture. They probably took pleasure in their torture. I pray God doesn't have any mercy for them. Now adays parents can kill their kids by acting like they don't know how a baby drowned or i was only in the store for a few when the temps in the car reached a 100 degree's your honor...death penalty for Michigan people...what are we waiting for????
  • by Anonymous on May 24, 2012 at 06:29 PM
    There's No shame to give up your child. If you can't handle being a parent, yes, it's a very hard job and you have to have a lot of patience. If you find that you can't do it, give them up for adoption or to a family member, don't torture and kill them. Children are a gift from God and they are very precious.Everybody can't handle being a parent. Just because children are a gift from God doesn't mean you can't give them up. There are people who can't have children, maybe you're suppose to give your children to these people. You're not suppose to torture and kill those precious babies. I pity you. You will go to prison and there you will be for a long time. Maybe God will have mercy on you.
  • by brian keith hill Location: columbus ohio on May 23, 2012 at 09:38 AM
    to start i am truly sorry to the family of this innocent child who never ask to be here, but no one knows the truth about what really happen but the lord and these two, no parent wants to beleive that there child could be capable of such a crime, but at the end of the day the truth will come to light as always, and i pray for the both of them to come clean about this traggedy of this innocent child.....
  • by Maria Location: Lansing on May 23, 2012 at 09:32 AM
    I cannot believe this 20 year old girl! She just disapers from her family for almost 2 months and is at home torturing HER KIDS?!? What the hell is the matter with people?? Reguardless of ANY man, you should be worrying about YOUR kids and YOUR kids only!!! She deserves life in prision!! Your the MOTHER!!YOU HELP AND PROTECT THOSE KIDS! She could have easly called her dad and had someone get the babies, come on 2 MONTHS!!! no one heard from her!
  • by Samantha Location: Dewitt on May 23, 2012 at 07:10 AM
    I am a young mother of two and life gets stressful and crazy but I would NEVER hurt my children! This makes me sick and I tired of hearing about these women and men killing and hurting their children and step children. What is this world coming too when our kids aren't even safe with their own parents??? We should be loving and protecting our babies not hurting them!!! They will get what they deserve, God will judge them and he now protects all of these innocent children that should have been protected from their family members
  • by Gary Location: Grayling on May 23, 2012 at 05:30 AM
    The looks on the mugshot faces....pure evil. Death Penalty in Michigan! I vote YES.
  • by Katherine Location: Michigan City on May 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM
    Its a tragic thing to lose a child but to know that the mother of your child is being charged and most likely found guilty of this has to be even harder. I hope that this opens the state of Michigan's eyes that they need to have the death penalty because these two deserve it!!
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