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More severe charge possible after toddler’s death

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 17, 2015

 Gregory Lowe

Gregory Lowe

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WARREN — A 28-year-old Warren man jailed on a child abuse charge earlier this month may soon be facing a more serious allegation.

Police said the 21-month-old girl that Gregory Lowe was accused of shaking died early April 16, five days after she was removed from life support at Detroit’s St. John Hospital.

Lowe was arrested April 4 at a home in the 21000 block of La Salle, north of Eight Mile and west of Gratiot, following an investigation that began with a 911 call from the child’s mother at 2:40 p.m.

“She called 911 because she returned home from work and found her baby unresponsive and cold to the touch,” said Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills, of the Warren Police Department. “The Fire Department got there along with police. They immediately transported her to St. John main in Detroit, where doctors examined her and determined that she had brain bleeding and retinal hemorrhaging. They didn’t believe the child would survive.”

The girl remained on life support until April 11 and died at 1:33 a.m. April 16, according to police.

Mills said Lowe is the boyfriend of the child’s mother and that he also lived in the home. He was allegedly alone with the girl for a few hours while her mother was working.

“He’s been interviewed. He’s giving the same account and information as before, just that the baby fell down the stairs,” Mills said. “It’s the classic sign of a shaken baby.”

Police executed a search warrant at the home April 4 and collected some evidence.

Lowe was arraigned in the 37th District Court two days later on one count of first-degree child abuse, a felony punishable by up to life in prison. He remained jailed at press time, with bail set at $500,000 cash.

He was scheduled to be back in court for a preliminary examination at 8:45 a.m. May 21, but investigators planned to meet with prosecutors before then to determine if he’ll face an amended charge.

Lowe’s attorney, Mark Haddad, could not be reached for comment at press time.

Look for updates to this story as they become available at www.candgnews.com.

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