Trial begins in beating death of boy, 4 - WNEM TV 5

Trial begins in beating death of boy, 4

Dominick Calhoun Dominick Calhoun

The trial of a man who authorities say beat a 4-year-old Flint-area boy to death after the child wet his pants began Thursday.

The jury selection began Wednesday in Port Huron in the trial of Brandon Hayes. The trial will span two counties, according to officials.

Hayes is charged with first-degree murder in the April 2010 death of Dominick Calhoun of Argentine Township.

Thursday, a police officer took the stand to talk about responding to the apartment where Dominic Calhoun lived with his mother and her boyfriend Brandon Hayes.

The officer testified that once inside the apartment, he found the toddler barely conscious, bruised and battered. He also found Dominic's mom with injuries to her face and arms.

The prosecution attributes the injuries to her boyfriend Brandon Hayes. They say Hayes beat the child repeatedly over a four day period because the boy urinated on the couch.

Jurors will be from St. Clair County and hear opening statements there, and they'll be transported to Genesee County for witness testimony. The arrangement was made after a panel of jurors couldn't be seated last year in Genesee County, where the boy lived.

Dominick died a day after being found unconscious. Family members removed him from life support after doctors advised them boy would not recover from his injuries.

Reports say 11 men and 3 women were selected for jury duty from about 65 people. Two of the jurors will be alternates.

His mother Corrine Baker pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse in the death.

Police say Baker failed to intervene and get help for her son. She says she was afraid of Hayes and feared that she would be arrested for a probation violation.

Baker is expected to testify against Hayes in his trial.

If convicted, he could face life in prison without parole.

Copyright 2012 WNEM. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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