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After Tot Damian Sutton’s Autopsy, Felony Murder Charges Issued

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2-year-old Damian Sutton (Family Photo)

2-year-old Damian Sutton (Family Photo)

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DETROIT (WWJ) The death of 2-year-old Damian Sutton is now being investigated as a case of felony murder, following the tot’s autopsy.

The medical examiner ruled Sutton died of homicide due to a severe blow to the head.

Bond was revoked Tuesday in Romeo District Court for Ronald Dimombro, 26, who allegedly beat the child to death while babysitting for the child’s mother, who was Dimombro’s girlfriend. The murder charge, which carries a possible penalty of life in prison, was added Wednesday.

Prosecutor Eric Smith said the boy’s mother is beside herself.

“You know, she’s living in a 5,000 square foot mansion in northern Macomb with her boyfriend and his parents and she’s thinking that she’s providing a future for Damian, she was very clear that this defendant has never shown a violent side toward her,” Smith said.

He added Dimombro has told various stories about what happened to the small child with the big blue eyes.

“We’re not sure why it happened and we’re not sure what led to this,” Smith said, adding, “We don’t have to prove motive.”

Dimombro, of Washington Township, is accused of violently shaking the boy and throwing him to the floor. He remains in Macomb County Jail.

Smith is personally handling the case, which marks the first time he’s personally handled a case since the infamous trial for Steven Grant, convicted of killing his wife, and dismantling her body in his father’s machine shop and scattering her body parts across a local park.

A new arraignment was set for Sept. 10.
In the meantime, support has poured in for little Damian’s family. About $16,000 was raised at a fundraising event Tuesday night attended by 800 people; the funeral home is handling his arrangements free of charge.
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