DEARBORN, MI - On September 29th, 2022, a one-month-old baby was brought to a local pediatrician's office with multiple visible injuries. Dearborn Police and Fire Department personnel were contacted due to concerns that the injuries appeared suspicious in nature. The child was transported to Children's Hospital of Michigan, where it was determined that the injuries were consistent with signs of physical abuse. As a result of an investigation into the injuries, both parents of the child were taken into custody and are expected to be arraigned on October 3rd, 2022 on charges of 1st Degree Child Abuse. The infant remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shahin stated, "This is a terrible crime that has impacted everybody involved, from the first responders on scene, to the investigators who built the case, to the medical professionals who continue to provide care for this poor child. It's unfathomable to think that a parent could allegedly cause harm to their own child, so I appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into ensuring that those responsible are held accountable."
On October 3, 2022, Amy Taulbee and Murtadha Almeamaar, both from Dearborn, were arraigned in 19th District Court in front of Honorable Judge Salamy on a charge of 1st Degree Child Abuse. Almeamaar was also charged with Habitual Offender 2nd Offense. Taulbee was given a bond of $100,000 cash/no 10%, with a GPS tether. Almeamaar was given a bond of $250,000 cash, no 10%, with a GPS tether. The one-month-old child is still being treated for serious injuries at Children's Hospital and is in stable condition.