Man charged in 3-year-old's death

Man charged in 3-year-old's death

There are 9 comments on the Traverse City Record-Eagle story from Aug 5, 2008, titled Man charged in 3-year-old's death. In it, Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that:

Authorities charged a Kalkaska man with murder after his girlfriend's toddler died.

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Onalaska, WI

#1 Aug 5, 2008
And where was the Mom? was she protecting the 3 year old or did she participate? She is pregnant again...hmmm...maybe someone will seriously take a look at the kind of care she gives babies when this one is born. Sorry but this is horrible and the both...boyfriend & Mom need to be prosecuted. I pray for them both. God's wrath though is more powerful than anything they could recieve on this earth.

Since: May 08

Deerfield, IL

#2 Aug 5, 2008
I completely agree, it does say that she could face charges. Seems like he was being beaten alot. Head to toe bruises. What a shame. And what is wrong with the darn mother, he is a registered sex offender! Geez oh petes, seriously what goes through some of these ladies minds! Rest in peace little one!

United States

#3 Aug 6, 2008
Where was the Mom? THERE! She knew, she allowed it to happen, and I believe she participated. She also lied about how it happened, which says it all in my opinion. She's trying to cover her tracks and those of the boyfriend. God knows the truth, and it will come out. Rest in peace Cody. You deserved better.
a reader

United States

#4 Aug 6, 2008
It says a lot how this guy acted in court, telling the PA to 'sit down and shut up', I'm sure he told this poor little Cody that many times.
This is a case that I would like to see the death penalty in MI but hopefully he will get a life sentence and I've heard that other inmates, regardless of their own crime, don't think much of child abusers, so he will get what is due him.

The mother of this child needs to answer to a lot. Did she really have to live with this guy, was she working and he was taking care of the child? Did he have a job? Didn't she have a family that could help out?

Besides Social Services, many people donate a lot of money to run shelters for abused women and their kids. Help is available so you have to wonder about this mother.

Good things do come out of bad things, I did hear where Cody's 'big heart' is alive and well in a child in Wisconsin.

United States

#5 Aug 6, 2008
Yes, he has a job. I really think the Mom is as responsible for Cody's death as the boyfriend. I hope she goes to jail for life as well, but most likely won't.

That's wonderful news if Cody's heart was donated. A tragedy saved even if Cody couldn't be saved.
a reader

United States

#6 Aug 18, 2008
This story only gets worse, the mother and her friend are under arrest, that is good and we learn they were all trying to get their stories straight on the way to the hospital where the child died. Just wonderful people they are. And the mother is pregnant again. I hope the court system can get moving to have this child adopted to a good and loving home.

Holland, MI

#7 Aug 24, 2008
shoot the basterd.

Garden City, MI

#8 Aug 26, 2008
I am a relative of the friend and just heard about this yesterday. I am so sorry to the family, it is such a horrible thing to of happened. I met him once before when she was dating him, and he seemed so nice, I am honestly stunned. Heather(Batchelor), has had many run-in's with the law before and was living there because she was under probation for stealing about $15,000 from her mother/grandmother. Before that, she was in jail in New Mexico for about a year. I am shocked though, that she would ever aid in harming a child, this disgusts me. I am thankful that she was dumb enough to talk on speakerphone in the police car, so that all of them got caught trying to cover up their crime.

Kings Mountain, NC

#9 Sep 10, 2008
JoJo wrote:
shoot the basterd.

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