A seven year old
taken to Henry Ford Hospital one morning in October of 2014. Among the
problems he had, Immanuel Foster was bruised all over his body as well
as abrasions, but what was unbelievable, was that Immanuel was seven
years old when his stepfather said that he took him the hospital
complaining of stomach pain and losing consciousness. Police saw
trouble right away:
"When I see a kid who
is almost eight and weighs 27 pounds, I have a problem with that.
Right now it appears that the child had a number of bruises and
abrasions. He was
extremely malnourished and this was going on for awhile"
Chief - Steve Dolunt
Immanuel was severely malnourished at the time of his death and the
bruises and burn injuries on his body were consistent with what is seen
in child abuse cases, though an autopsy would have to be performed in
order to get the truth. Two adults were taken in to custody and for
child abuse, 22 year old Victoria Foster, Immanuel's mothers and her 28
year old Cory Rimson, his stepfather. The family lived in a home that
belonged to Cory's father, Allen Rimson. On the morning that he died,
Immanuel and other children in the home were being taken care of by
"He was up this
morning, sick, throwing up and messing through the house and everything.
then my son, said that he had stopped breathing and was trying to
resuscitate him. So
Allen told Police that Immanuel had been running through the house the
previous Sunday and that he had fallen in the bathroom and hit his head
on the sink and had cut his eye. Allen said that Immanuel was not taken
for any medical care after that fall and that he had seen his son
discipline Immanuel for eating raw food such as hot dogs:
"He would woop him.
Sometimes with his hand, sometimes with a belt. That's how we
were raised. they have to understand doing wrong"
Allen said that Immanuel was not in school and that Victoria had been
gone for about two months and Cory had been home taking care of the
children there the best way he could. Kimberly Wilburn, Immanuel's Aunt
said that Victoria thought she had left her son with someone she could
"That baby was
tortured. Shouldn't nobody have to live like that. She really trusted
she trusted. She didn't just leave him with somebody she didn't know,
she knew him"
Victoria had stayed behind in Saganaw for work, when the family had
moved to Detroit and Cory's family said that this was not the first
time she had left him, that she would do this often, sometimes for a
couple of weeks and sometimes for longer. Victoria is reported have
come back to the home in Detroit only two days before Immanuel's death.
Cory and Victoria were eventually charged with first degree murder and
torture and two other children ages two and three, were taken from the
home. Steven Dolunt said that the two remaining children seemed to be
fine. Preliminary hearings were set for November 6, 2014 and it was
reported that neither of these two had lawyers. It was not immediately
clear if this family had ever had any complaints filed with Child
Protective Services, but Police SGT. Michael Woody said that they had
heard rumors and would be checking them out.
A neighbor had this to say:
"I was shocked when I
woke up this morning and heard all this. I have never seen anything
would be abusive. The kids I saw was no seven year old. If he was the
size of these kids
was seven, he had a medical problem"
An autopsy that was done would not provide enough information to
provide a cause of death, more testing would have to be done:
"Many times in cases
like this where several physical health factors or condition are
testing and investigation are necessary to determine the true cause of
Mazur - Medical Examiner's Office Spokesperson
Immanuel's Uncle William was shocked to learn that his nephew was dead
and devastated to learn that he had died from child abuse:
"Why didn't he contact
somebody, he didn't tell anybody. Now I find out my nephew
to death and was beat on"
Reports say that the home they lived in was disgusting with feces found
in different places and a belt was removed from the home, the belt was
believed to have been one of the things Cory hit this little Angel
with. While Victoria was looking for a job and there was nothing wrong
with that, leaving her son with a man who beats on him, that's a
"I think that's
admirable, however, if you allow your child to be with someone who would
your kid like that, I have issues with that"
While Steve was saying Victoria was wrong for leaving her son there,
another cousin was defending her:
"She trusted this man
with her child. He called her phone looking for her,
didn't want them, didn't want to feed him, he didn't have to beat him,
he could have called me"
The problem is that Victoria HAD
to have known that this man was violent towards this child, he didn't
just do this one time, surely she has SEEN
him abuse this child before and she just LEFT
him there, defenseless, alone
and he paid the price for that, with his life.
Allen was saying that his son did not do this and that his family had
taken care of Immanuel when other family wouldn't:
"This is a bad deal for
everybody. Everyone I have talked to that knows me,
knows them, it's like, no, not cory. They don't know like I know, as
her family, they
don't know like we know. But it will come out, it's going to come out
and I will make sure that it does"
Allen said they would need to put the bad memories behind them and
they would be taking things one day at a time:
all we can do"
A fund was set up to raise money for funeral and burial expenses.