October 27, 2009
Grand Rapids, Michigan (The Weekly Vice) – Brett Walsh, 21, and Suzanne Fox, 25, were arrested Thursday when authorities learned Walsh had abused his baby over 50 times while Fox, the mother, stood idly by hoping he’d stop.
According to authorities with the Grand Rapids Police Department, Walsh admitted to abusing the child over 50 times since the 3-month-old’s birth. Fox stated she was aware of the abuse but did not intervene.
Detective Kristen Rogers says Walsh called 911 on Thursday and, when police arrived, he exited the apartment declaring he “screwed up” and that he had shaken baby. He later admitted to police that he had shaken his infant son “over 50 times” between September and October.
According to arrest reports, Walsh had shaken the baby for 10 to 15 seconds on Wednesday. The day before, the child was shaken for five minutes. When the baby stopped breathing on Thursday, provoking the 911 call, he was hospitalized for a traumatic brain injury. The infant is in critical condition and is currently on life support.
Authorities say Fox admitted to having witnessed Walsh shake their child, but simply hoped he’d eventually stop. Neither parent every sought medical treatment for the baby.
Neighbor Heather Brenner, who is a friend of the couple’s, stated she never saw anything that would indicate the infant was being abused. Walsh admitted to Brenner that he would get frustrated with the baby, and she offered to let him bring the little boy over if he needed help. Brenner further stated that the baby had been born 2 months premature, but that he seemed to be catching up well and was in good health.
Walsh was booked in to Kent County Jail on first-degree and second-degree child abuse. He is being held on $1 million bond.
Fox was also booked in to Kent County Jail on second-degree child abuse charges. Bond information was not available.
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