A young Commerce Township man is a suspect in the death of his 4-month-old son.
According to law enforcement officials, the Commerce Township Fire Department was dispatched on Friday, June 10 to the 2000 block of Evergreen to attend to a baby who was not breathing. The baby was then taken to DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital before being transported to the University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital, where he allegedly was found to have obvious signs of abuse, including bruising and scratches, according to an Oakland County Sheriff’s Department press release.
Further medical examination allegedly showed signs of significant abuse, including internal cranial bleeds, multiple skull fractures, and multiple rib fractures, among other injuries.
The baby was placed on life support at U-M before he was taken off support on Tuesday, June 14.
The autopsy performed by the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday, June 15 cited the infant’s cause of death as craniocerebral trauma/homicide.
Richard Gillis III, 22, the baby’s biological father, was interviewed and, according to law enforcement officials, made several incriminating statements.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department obtained a criminal complaint against Gillis on Friday, June 17 for homicide-felony murder and first-degree child abuse.
Gillis was arrested in Walled Lake by investigators from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department Commerce Township Substation and the department’s Fugitive Apprehension Team.
Gillis was arraigned in front of Magistrate Marie Soma on Sunday, June 19 and was remanded to the Oakland County Jail without bail.