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Death Of 18-Month-Old Michigan Boy Ruled Homicide. Now, Police Say Babysitter Charged With His Murder.

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Mar. 28 2023, Published 10:00 a.m. ET

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The death of an 18-month-old boy in Michigan was determined to be a homicide and his babysitter has been arrested, police said.

Around 6:00 pm. on Dec. 15, 2022, officers responded to a report of an unresponsive 18-month-old boy at an apartment complex in Portage, according to WXMI.

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Once at the scene, police found the toddler still unresponsive, but with a pulse, officials said.

The child, later identified as Jacob Flowers, was taken to a local hospital. Around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 16, 2022, police were notified that the boy had passed away, WXMI reported.

Because of the nature of the injuries, investigators said the death was being considered suspicious. They added all parties involved were cooperating with investigators.

On March 25, police announced that Brandon Bryce Sullivan, 29, was arrested and charged with felony murder and first-degree child abuse in the boy’s death.

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Officers said Sullivan and his girlfriend, who was not named, were babysitting the child in their apartment at the time Flowers was injured, WXMI reported.

On March 22, investigators received the autopsy report for Flowers, which determined the cause of death to be homicide, officials said.

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At that point, authorities issued a warrant for Sullivan’s arrest on the two charges.

He was arrested and booked into the Kalamazoo County Jail without bond pending his arraignment, police said.


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