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Brandon Hayes Guilty of Killing Dominick Calhoun

Jury deliberates for two hours before delivering verdict.

A jury has found former Tyrone Township man Brandon Hayes guilty of murdering his 4, in an Argentine apartment in April of 2010.

The jury, made of St. Clair County residents, deliberated for about two hours Thursday before the verdict was read, according to the Livingston Daily Press & Argus.

Along with first-degree murder, Hayes, 26, was found guilty on 10 total counts, including child abuse and torture, according to the Times Herald.

"It's really all about justice in the end," Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Tammy Phillips said of the guilty verdict, according to the Flint Journal. "In the end, the jury spoke and that's what they believed was the right thing to do."

In the prosecution's closing arguments, which lasted about an hour and 40 minutes, they played back audio of Hayes' alleged confession to police, outlined medical testimony from experts and showed pictures of Dominick's injuries, according to WNEM TV 5. The article stated the defense argued that there was not clear evidence that Hayes was 100 percent behind the boy's injuries.

Hayes could face up to life in prison.  pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in August for not protecting her son and agreed to testify against co-defendant Hayes. She faces 13 to 30 years in prison.

 “We’re gratified by the jury’s decision and feel it is justice for Dominick,” said David Leyton, Genesee County prosecutor, after the verdict was read, according to the Tri-County Times. “We hope this will bring some closure for Dominick’s family.”

Many Fenton Patch readers responded to the news on the Fenton Patch Facebook Page.

Jennifer Gross posted, "The best news I've heard in a long time!!!"

Casey Gilbert said, "I think he needs a ticket to the front of the line in the death penalty waiting line."

Jacob Schloegl posted, "Death would be to easy. He needs to rot in prison because everything he did to that little boy will happen to him every day that he is in there for the rest of his life, and that's exactly what he deserves."

The sentencing is tenatively scheduled for Feb. 27 in Genesee County.

"He was my grandson, he was everybody's dream as a grandson" said Rick Calhoun of Dominick, according to the Flint Journal. "The hole's never going away, but now we think about all the good times, look at the photos and remember him.

Jason Alexander (Editor) January 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM
What are your thoughts on the verdict?
Vera Hogan January 19, 2012 at 11:13 PM
There is justice in the verdict, but that does not change the fact that the boy is dead at the hands of the people who were supposed to protect him. Having sons of my own, I can't imagine not being able to go through every phase of their lives into adulthood. I know this poor boy is with God, but I also hope he knows there are people in this world who mourn the loss of not having his precious self in our lives.
Becky Joe January 20, 2012 at 12:53 AM
These two adult people chose how they wanted to live their life with no regard for how their choices affected the people around them. The parents of Dominic were solely responsible for how this child's life would be. They let him down. It seems the child always has to pay the price. How sad is that. We all knew what the verdict would be. Everyone is accountable.
VaNessa Dawn Bethevoiceforthosesilenced January 20, 2012 at 04:20 AM
First, thanks for running this in WHITE LAKE PATCH!! Next, about the verdict, it was the ONLY possible verdict that COULD be reached. How a mother could let her BOYFRIEND do this to her child, I will NEVER understand. They will now both receive their sentencing. But, honestly, after all is said and done and at the end of the day, nothing, no verdict or anything else will give Dominick back to his loving father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, brother or friends. When one child is taken so senselessly, all of our futures are altered. We have no way of knowing WHAT that child would have ever been capable of...how many children have been killed that could have changed the world for the better? We will never know!!! Bottom Line: Child abuse NEEDS to STOP and STOP NOW! No child EVER needs to be abused and child abuse is 100% preventable! SPEAK UP, if you suspect abuse (or ARE being abused) report it!!!! May Dominick now finally Rest in Peace and his family begin to heal.
Robin Fry January 20, 2012 at 12:59 PM
FINALLY their is justice for Dominick! and his family! I can not even imagine the lost they have felt and the continued drama with the trial. My prayers have been with you all thru this whole mess that you have had to indure. I hope that with this out come you may find a little peace in your lives. God Bless You ALL!!!
stephanie pytlowanyj January 20, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Justice was served, regarding Brandon, but what about the other people that failed Dominick....for example, why didn't the people at the Dollar Store call the police when they saw him? Lots of guilt to go around.
Dee January 20, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I agree! This baby was failed on so many levels! From the DHS workers, neighbors, our society that "doesnt want to get involved", even the addicts who were there buying drugs! Please tell me this, they have children too. How could any human being turn there back on a little one being tortured, burned and beaten to death??
Wendy January 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther king jr. This quote says it all and as a society we need to change this is just one story there are probably a million more if you see something say something!!!!!!
Area Friend January 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Well said
S.Bowen February 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
The childs mother is in jail where she belongs, but what about the childs father, where was he and why didn't he protect his son? where is his accountability, he was aware the mother was a drug addict, why didn't he seek sole custody, in this day and age parent are granted joint custody, unless a parent is unfit, what is his excuse. that he allowed another man to beat his child to death, and not protect him. to many deadbeat dads these days, allowed to walk away without responsibility, that in itself is neglect, where is his charge?
stephanie pytlowanyj February 06, 2012 at 10:20 PM
From what I can recall nothing much was ever said about the father in the media. His father, however, has been very vocal in this case. In fact it was the paternal grandfather that went to the apartment (where Dominic laid half dead), and then called the police. I can't state this as a fact but it appears the paternal grandparents were more involved in Dominic's care. Grandparents rights don't supersede the parents, from what I can determine, unless the parent is dead or in prison. And it isn't necessarily true about parents being granted joint physical custody. From what I've observed the mothers tend to get 22 days per month and the father gets 8 days per month. And if I am recalling correctly Dominic's mom already had protective services involved with her children which is partly why she was hesitant to get medical care for Dominic. The other reason was she was on probation, had moved, and was living with Brandon Hayes.
christinescanlon February 28, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Well said.
christinescanlon February 28, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Well said.
christinescanlon February 28, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Everyone needs to get involved, if they see something.
christinescanlon February 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Well said.

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