17, 2005 - April 12, 2010
A Grave Memorial
Township, Michigan, Dominick
Calhoun sat on the couch eating his breakfast when he had an accident
and wet through his pants and the onto the couch. Four year
old Dominick would be beaten and the end result would be death, simply
for wetting his pants.
Family members and friends describe Dominick as a happy, bright eyed
little boy. Dominick stole
the heart of those who met him and was referred to as an Angel by many.
The house where Brandon Hayes, Corrine Baker and her two sons lived,
would become known to the police as a drug house. Dominick was dragged
from his bed and beaten day after day
by Brandon, for wetting his pants and the couch:
case goes beyond torture"
Country Sheriff, Robert Pickell
For four days, Dominick would pay the
price, he would be disciplined for having an accident. Brandon would
days kicking and hitting Dominick and when his mother tried to help
him, she was also beaten by Brandon. During the time Brandon was
"disciplining" Dominick, he also poked him in the eyes and focused
attention on his genitals when kicking him. Burns on Dominick's hands
could not be explained. Police say that Brandon called Dominick a
crack head baby who deserved to die.
Hayes had served time in prison and had been release in July after a
two year sentence for assaulting/resisting and obstructing a police
well as third degree fleeing a police officer. In 2004, Brandon was
convicted of three counts of domestic assault and
battery as well as previous drug counts.
A visit from Dominick's Aunts came to late to save his life. When
bruises were noticed on Corrine, the Aunts informed Dominick's
grandfather who immediately went to check things
out. Wearing a t-shirt and training pants, Dominick was found to be
unconscious in a bedroom in the house.
Dominick was moaning and his breath was shallow.
At the hospital, doctors had to remove a portion of Dominick's skull in
order to relieve the pressure from his brain swelling. On Monday, April
12th, Dominick was removed from life support
with doctors saying he was brain dead.
Dominick met his boogie man, and that ws the defendant Hayes"
A sickening report states that a neighbor
told police of hearing Dominick screaming for his mother to "Make him
stop", yet the neighbor did nothing to help. When are people going to
learn that in order
to save a precious life, they NEED
to step in and help when they can? What is even more sickening is that
people had been to the house, seen Dominick and also didn't report
anything. It seems all anyone could do is tell Corrine that Dominick
needed help and when she told them she didn't want to report this and
why, they just ignored his pain and suffering.
Dominick's grandfather, Rick Calhoun, has stated that he hopes the
criminal consequences that Brandon faces will help deter future child
a guy out there who’s going to try the same thing, but he’s going to
see this and
going to see what happened to this guy, and he’s
going to stop,”
I wish that were true
Calhoun, unfortunately, there are thousands of cases before this one
that have not helped to deter people from abusing and often times
killing innocent children. As long as there are people such as Brandon
Hayes in the world, children will never be safe.
Rick Calhoun said that justice for Dominick will making him happy,
however, helping other children has become a main priority for his
going to change a lot peoples perspective on what they're doing to
say that a phone call could have
saved Dominick's life. The preliminary hearing for Brandon was set for
April 27 at 9:00 a.m.. The charges against him are many: Torture,
murder by torture, first degree child abuse, felony murder by child
abuse, first degree premeditated murder, assault
with intent to do great bodily harm, delivery of marijuana to a minor,
possession of marijuana with intent
to deliver, possession of Hydrocodone.
Dominick's mother was
taken into custody and then release after police ODDLY determined
that she had nothing to do with his death. I'm sorry,
reports say that she left during the
beatings and didn't call police or get help for Dominick, that is CONTRIBUTING in my
own opinion. NO ONE would beat
my child and then when I got away from them, I would NOT call police. This
mother is as much to blame for the
death of this child as Brandon is, in my own opinion.. The state of
Michigan filed paper work to take custody of
Corrine's eight year old son away from her. I hope they are successful
in taking him away and putting him with
people who will NOT allow him
to be beaten, tortured and murdered.
Reports say that Corrine
had been ordered not to contact her other son
at all and she was also not allowed to attend the funeral of Dominick.
I hope those reports are true!
On April 23, 2010,
Corrine Baker was charged with second degree murder
and second degree child abuse in the death of her son Dominick. Her
arraignment would be on April 26,
2010. Though she never actually beat on Dominick herself, police know
that she had plenty of opportunity to get
help for him during his four day beating and she did not do it.
Visitors to their home said that she told them
she didn't want to get CPS involved because she didn't want police to
think SHE was abusing Dominick and arrest her
for violating her probation.
Brandon's lawyer was
trying to get a mental evaluation done on him to
determine if he was mentally fit to stand trial. In June of 2010,
Brandon was found to be competent to stand
trial. Dominick's half brother, Tyler, was going to testify in court.
Corrine was in court in
March of 2011 for a motion hearing. Fred
Meiers, her lawyer, was asking the judge to throw out comments she had
made to police about the death of Dominick.
Corrine and her lawyer were saying that she had felt intimidated by
police who took her alone into a
locked room at the court house to question her, when she was only there
to see Brandon, she said she was not read her
"At the time, I talked
to her she was the mother of a deceased child and a victim of domestic violence.
I wasn't talking to her as a suspect"
Mabry - Genese County Prosecutors Office
Fred Meiers argued that any statements
during that time should not be admissible in court since Corrine was
not aware of her rights as far as obtaining and attorney before
being questioned. The judge also heard testimony about evidence against
Brandon. James Piazza, Brandon's
lawyer was present and asking that his confession be thrown out since
he is not mentally capable of making a
confession. The judge said he would make a decision at a later date.
Richard - Age
4, of Linden, died Monday, April 12, 2010 at Hurley Medical Center.
services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 16, 2010 at The Freedom
2473 W. Shiawassee Ave., Fenton, Pastor Jim Wiegand will officiate.
will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service Friday at church.
was born October 17, 2005 in Grand Blanc.
Surviving are: father, Eric;
Tyler Baker; grandparents, Richard and Judy Calhoun, Lisa and Rick
Martin and Julie Baker; great-grandmothers, Clara Barnanski and Elaine
great-grandfather, Richard White; many aunts, uncles, cousins and
Tributes may be posted on the obituaries page of www.sharpfuneralhomes.com
In August of 2011,
Corrine Baker plead guilty to second degree murder
and second degree child abuse. The
recommendation from the
Prosecutor is that Corrine should serve between
13 and 30 years. Corrine has agreed
to testify against
Brandon Hayes and her sentencing hearing is
scheduled for October 24, 2011.
13 to 30 years? A small
price to pay for the suffering she allowed her
helpless child to go through.
On September 11, 2011,
jury selection was under way for the trial of
Brandon Hayes. A change of venue motion
had been filed by
Brandon's lawyer and that request was denied. As soon
as a jury is selected, the trial is
expected to begin.
in February of 2012, Judge Richard B. Yuille sentenced Brandon Hayes to
two life sentences for killing Dominick, he would never get out of
Corrine Baker was sentenced to 13 to 30 years after testifying against
Brandon she was also sentenced to two to four years for second degree