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Mother, boyfriend of dead child face charges

Jessica Cuffman • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

Kayla Henderson, 25, and Beau Hutchinson, 26, were indicted Thursday by an Ottawa County grand jury on charges of permitting child abuse and child endangering, Ottawa County prosecutor Mark Mulligan said.

The child, Kalib Henderson, was with the couple at another couple’s home when the infant suffered a blow to the head, resulting in a fractured skull. It led to his death a few days later.    The night he was injured, Henderson and Hutchinson first took the child to a grandparent’s home.

   “Then they decided the child was in need of hospital care,” Mulligan said.

   Kalib was flown from Magruder Hospital to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, then later transferred to the University of Michigan children’s hospital, where he died days later.

   Kalib fell into a coma when he suffered the injury, Mulligan said.

   The investigation had been ongoing until a grand jury decided to indict the pair this past week.

   Deputies went searching for Henderson and Hutchinson, but were unable to find them. On Tuesday, they showed up at the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, and they appeared in court that same afternoon.

   They were later released on their own recognizance, but they’re also prohibited from being around anyone under the age of 18, unless there is direct supervision. They also are subject to drug testing.

   Henderson and Hutchinson have a child together, who was born after Kalib died last year, but they do not have custody of the child, Mulligan said.

   They also have one other child apiece, but they do not have custody of those children, either, Mulligan said.

   Henderson and Hutchinson are accused of causing Kalib’s death by allowing him to be abused. They could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of permitting child abuse, a first-degree felony.

   Kalib’s father, Jon Henderson, of Clyde, was serving in the U.S. Navy at the time of the infant’s death.

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