Emotional Day in Court for Family of Brandon Kemp

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

It was the nurses testimony that made Mercedes Kemp break down and cry in court at the preliminary hearing in her sons death.

"When I heard a female entering into the triage area saying 'My baby is not breathing," Said Barbara Tatroe, the triage nurse who received Brandon Kemp when he arrived at the hospital april 30. "[Mercedes] said, my boyfriend did this."

The nurse testified that the day Mercedes took her child to the hospital she had been gone the night before. Marcus Hill was supposed to be watching the child. He was not at the hospital when staffers tried to resuscitate the little boy.

"And she was there for part of the recitation and while she was with the police i was there as well," said Tatroe.

Its a horrible story of violence and neglect that emerged from the testimony. Brandon's biological father was at the witness stand for almost an hour.

Brandon Crockette, the biological father, had only seen his kids twice this year. While he was not involved in the little boy's final moments. He too has had some domestic violence in his past.

The boy's sister, Tyanna today is safe with a foster home and her grandfather hopes he soon will have custody.

"That's my main goal, is to make sure that Tyanna, is taken care of and that she gets the proper education that she needs and that she gets the proper caring that she needs," said Michael Kemp, Brandon and Tyanna's grandfather.


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  • by Mike Location: Holt on Jul 23, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    To the person who can't spent equality: you are the racist one for even mentioning race in response to a comment that did not. If you want imply that the grandparent was a bad parent because of race feel free. The post said the gp obviously did a poor job raising their own kid, therefore would probably fail again. I agree 100%. Next time you post please learn how to spell, better yet don't post again. Your ignorant, racist, uneducated opinions are pointless and a waste of our time to listen to. Stick to doing what you do best.. Hmm, please just don't post anymore!
  • by Equlity Location: Grand Ledge on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:55 AM
    ATTN: Annie it bother me reading your comment. what does her parents have to do with her choices to be with a fool. Is it because she is black? The color of your skin has nothing to do with any of this because our blood and organs are all the same. So if the shoe was on the other foot should or would you fight for custody of one of your grandchild? Or would it be your fought that you didn't raise your child correctly? The mother and the boyfriend should be punished for there action the same way. Even though the mother wasn't the one doing it she was supporting it. She had options and didn't protect her children who depended on her.
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      by James on Jul 23, 2012 at 08:57 AM in reply to Equlity
      Race has nothing to do with the article. It is very badly written. What does “recitation” mean? Just read the article and you will see what I am writing about. I believe a High School freshman would have more literary skills. By the, you need to re-examine your own point of view. Does the phrase "Race Baiter" mean anything to you, it should! Al Sharpton would be proud!
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      by Courtney on Jul 23, 2012 at 09:53 AM in reply to Equlity
      "Equility" which I assume means "Equality", so any person in a domestic violence situation that isn't strong enough to get out or fears for their safety should be charged for a child's death because why? The most dangerous time is when a person is trying to leave. What options would you have liked to seen? Maybe around her, he was not abusive to the child and therefore, she never suspected such an event. Should we sue her parents as well for raising a child who made a mistake? His actions are soley his actions and only he can be held accountable for that. If there was previous abuse, then my opinion may change somewhat but if you have not experienced domestic violence, don't comment on how she should punished the same.
  • by Annie Location: Lansing on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    I find it ironic that the grandparents in these cases are either the caregivers of these children or want to be the caregivers of these children. If they hadn't messed up their own children so badly, perhaps these grandchildren wouldn't be in such precarious situations. How in the world are they going to provide the proper environment the second time around?; haven't they already proven their incompetence by the behaviors of their own children? Amazing.
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      by Keri on Jul 23, 2012 at 07:43 AM in reply to Annie
      The way a person turns out is not 100% nurture. My aunt was in a bad situation with 2 of her children, one of whom was removed from the home, and was adopted by my grandparents. My aunt turned her life around, has 3 other children, and her son that was taken away, raised by my grandparents, turned out just fine. Point is, when a parent does turn out this badly, it isn't always their parents faults, and what grandparent would want to lose their grandchild because their own child was just not fit to be a parent.
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