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Charges Issue in Redford Homicide of Five-Year-Old Girl

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Michael Deshawn Lewis, 30 (DOB: 04/11/1989) and Steffani Jones, 26, (DOB: 03/18/1993), both of Redford, in connection with the fatal beating of Jones' five-year-old daughter.

On June 25, 2019 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Redford Township police were dispatched to a hotel in the 14300 block of Telegraph Road in Redford Township. Upon arrival, the officers found a female child injured and unresponsive. Medics arrived on the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment, where she succumbed to her injuries. It is further alleged that the defendants physically abused Jones' three-year-old toddler. Investigation by the Redford police led to the arrest and charging of the defendants. Facts and evidence of the case will be presented at the Preliminary Examination.

Lewis and Jones have both been charged with Felony Murder, Second Degree Murder and two counts of First Degree Child Abuse.* They were arraigned at 4:00 p.m. this afternoon before 17th District Court Judge Karen Kahlil. The Probable Cause Conferences are schedule for July 9, 2019 at 8:40 a.m.; the Preliminary Examinations are scheduled for July 16, 2019. All hearings are before Judge Karen Khalil in 17th District Court. Both defendants were remanded to jail.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.