Donovan Lamar Haynes, 20, of Flint listens as Genesee District Judge David Goggins lists charges Wednesday during his arraignment on murder and torture charges in the death of his two-year-old daughter Ti'Airra Woodward.
FLINT TOWNSHIP, Michigan — The 2-year-old baby girl who died Sunday at a home on Donal Drive had five human bite marks and a lacerated liver, according to Flint Township Police.
Police say 2-year-old Ti'Airra Woodward was found not breathing in her home around 9 a.m. Sunday and taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Flint Township Police Chief George Sippert said the incident has not been ruled a homicide yet by the Genesee County Medical Examiner's Office, but police are investigating it as such.
Sippert said the cause of death appears to be blunt force trauma to the abdomen.
Some of the bite marks were fresh while others appeared to be a few days old, he said. They were all over the body, including the torso and leg, and appeared to be adult bite marks, said Sippert.
Sippert said it is unclear how the blunt force trauma was caused.
Ti'Airra's father, a 20-year-old man, is in custody pending charges. Sippert said charges could come in the next 24 hours.
A man who answered the front door at the home had no comment.
Neighbors said the family was living in the home for about a year.
"I came home from church and I saw the police," said neighbor Calvin Randolph, 50. "I've seen her out playing. It's very sad."
Sippert said this is the youngest homicide victim he can remember in 25 years with the department.
"It's extremely tragic and I know it affects a lot of members of the police department that are investigating this case," he said.
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