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8-year-old is 'person of interest' in Michigan baby's death

Posted April 17

— Police are calling an 8-year-old child a person of interest in the death of a toddler in Michigan.

The 1-year-old boy was found dead at a daycare in Muskegon on Friday, after being left unsupervised with other kids.

Korey Brown had his first birthday in February and he was just starting to walk.

“Dancing, smiling, into everything as a normal 1-year-old is. Just curious,” mother Bryanna Reasonover said about her son.

Reasonover works the third shift. When she got off work on Friday, she went to pick up her kids at Keysha Keepers, a licensed home daycare she had been using for several weeks.

“Typical Friday morning, getting off about to enjoy the weekend with my kids and you never thought that this would happen,” Reasonover said.

When Reasonover arrived at the daycare, she was greeted by her 2-year-old.

“I was about to head towards Korey and one of the ladies who worked at the daycare was like ‘oh, Korey is knocked out. I changed his diaper and he didn’t even wake up’,” Reasonover said.

Korey was in a pack and play and one side of his face was covered because of the way he was lying.

“When I picked him up, his face tilts over and I’m like ‘what’s all this on my baby’s face? What’s wrong with his face’,” Reasonover said.

Reasonover said there were bruises and bite marks on Korey’s face, fingers and stomach and his head was swollen.

“I’m like Korey wake up. I’m like my baby, he’s not waking up,” she said.

Reasonover said that’s when everybody panicked and called 911. Paramedics tried CPR, but it was too late.

“When I got to the hospital, they told me Korey had already been dead for an hour,” she said.

Muskegon police said they have information that Korey was crying and an 8-year-old had unsupervised contact with him at that time.

Police said the primary witness to what happened is a 5-year-old.

“I want to know why. Who did it? Why nobody was there to stop it or prevent it from happening? I just don’t understand and I probably never will understand,” Reasonover said.

Reasonover said an autopsy has been scheduled to determine how Korey died.

Police said the 8-year-old was later taken for a mental health evaluation.

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