ROMEO (WWJ/AP) – A 26-year-old Macomb County man has been sentenced to life in prison for the beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.
Ronald Dimambro Jr. of Washington Township was convicted by a jury in June of first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the slaying of Damian Sutton. First-degree murder carries a mandatory penalty in Michigan of life in prison without parole. Macomb County Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce sentenced Dimambro on Thursday.
Authorities say Dimambro was babysitting for Damian Sutton last Aug. 21 when the man attacked the boy, breaking his skull. Damian died six days later.
Family members said at first, they thought the toddler had fallen out of a playpen — but they quickly became suspicious. Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said Dimambro, who eventually turned himself in, admitted that he shook the boy roughly and then threw him.
While Damien was still on life support, his mother said she believed Dimambro deliberately injured the boy over jealously.
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