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CLARKSVILLE, MI – On September 18th, 2020, medical first responders from the Clarksville Fire Department and LIFE EMS and a nearby Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputy were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of W. Ferney Street in the Village of Clarksville on the report of a 2 year old child choking and not breathing.

Upon arrival,  medical first responders and paramedics were able to resuscitate the child, identified as 2 year old Colton Sceviour, on scene, and transport him to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition. Emergency Personnel had been told that the 2 year old boy had been choking on his breakfast.

On September 18th, 2020, at 1:30pm, Ionia County Sheriff’s Detectives were contacted by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital who reported that Colton Sceviour had not survived, and that there were concerns that he had been the victim of child abuse given marks and bruises found on him. They could also find no evidence that choking had been a cause of death, and turned the child over to the Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office for a post mortem examination.

Ionia County Sheriff’s Detective’s met with the Kent County Medical Examiner later that afternoon and learned after a post mortem examination that Colton had not seemingly died from choking, but rather died from cranial-cerebral trauma, which the Kent County Medical Examiner was listing the preliminary cause of death, with the manner of death as homicide.

On Friday evening, Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives later met with subjects involved in the case, and took a 27 year old Clarksville man into custody for the homicide. The suspect is the live in boyfriend of the child’s mother. On Saturday, September 19th, 2020, the Ionia County Prosecutor’s Office issued an arrest warrant for the suspect for Felony Murder, and Child Abuse 1st Degree.

The suspect in this case is identified as Matthew Ryan Rademacher, 27-year-old, of Clarksville. Matthew Rademacher was arraigned on Homicide- Felony Murder, and Child Abuse 1st Degree (both Life Offenses) in the 64A District Court on 9/21/2020. He is being held without bond.

Rademacher will be held in the Ionia County Jail pending upcoming court
appearances.

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