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Father Suspected In Infant Son’s Murder

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Richard Gills (credit: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

Richard Gills (credit: Oakland County Sheriff’s Office)

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WALLED LAKE (WWJ) – A Commerce Township man is jailed and facing murder charges in the death of his four-month old baby boy. Oakland County Sheriff investigators say Richard Gillis the third has made several incriminating statements and is the “key suspect” in the case.

He was arrested on Saturday in Walled Lake and arraigned on Father’s Day, five days after the baby, Richard Gillis the fourth, was taken off life support at the University of Michigan Mott’s Children’s Hospital.

Investigators say the baby had bruises and scratches when he was first taken to the hospital. A medical examination showed the child had multiple skull fractures, broken ribs and internal bleeding.

Oakland County Sheriff’s officials said the 22-year-old Gills made several incriminating statements and is the “key suspect.”

If convicted, he faces life in prison.

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