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Charges brought in shooting of young boy

By: Nick Mordowanec | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 6, 2015


A man has been charged in the case of a 3-year-old boy who was recently shot in the head at a Clinton Township park.

After what the Clinton Township Police Department deemed was a thorough investigation, facts of the case were presented to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office on May 6 and a four-count warrant was issued for the arrest of Christian Eric-Deandre Howard.

The charges include child abuse in the second degree, firearms receiving and concealing, felony weapons firearm and careless discharge of firearms causing injury or death. Howard was arraigned May 6 in 41-B District Court, in Clinton Township, and was issued a $50,000 bond with 10 percent cash surety. He was also given a no-contact order.

No other information about the suspect or latest developments in the case was available at press time, check back for more details.

Previously, Capt. Richard Maierle said the incident occurred around 8:43 p.m. May 4 at Normandy Park, which is located in the 34000 block of Little Mack, in Clinton Township, south of 15 Mile Road, between Groesbeck Highway and Gratiot Avenue.

The boy, who is slated to turn 4 on Friday, was reportedly with a family friend when he was shot in the head with a bullet from a small-caliber handgun.

Maierle said the boy was with an adult who is labeled as someone who knows the boy’s mother in some capacity.

“Last I heard (the boy) was in stable condition at Children’s Hospital (in Detroit),” Maierle said.