FLINT, MI – A Flint man has been charged with first degree child abuse after Flint police were dispatched to Hurley Medical Center on Sunday, April 28th, 2019, on a call that was received related to a 4-year-old boy who was being treated for critical injuries.
Keondrick Sweet, 26-years-old, is charged with one count of first degree child abuse, a felony punishable by up to life in prison, related to the injuries of his son.
Keondrick Sweet, of Flint, was formally arraigned earlier today, May 2nd, 2019, and charged with first-degree child abuse. His 4-year-old son is still recovering from numerous injuries sustained from an April 28th beating. MSP detectives are still actively investigating the incident.
According to police investigative reports submitted to the prosecutor’s office, Sweet took his son to Hurley about 12:00 Noon on Sunday for various injuries. Upon observation of the child’s injuries, Hurley staff called 9-1-1 to report suspected child abuse. Flint Police arrived on the scene and arrested Sweet.
“Child abuse is far too prevalent in society and it is deplorable and heart wrenching to see children suffer such terrible injuries at the hands of those who are supposed to nurture and protect them,” said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. “We will do all we can to hold the defendant accountable for his actions,” he said.
The boys injuries included head trauma, lacerations to the face and head, a broken back, bruising on an arm, and a burn mark on a finger. He was transferred from Hurley Medical Center to the University of Michigan hospital.
Sweet will be arraigned on the charges in 67 District Court.