Dominick's Warriors has constructed a petition, asking the Federal government to increase the offense level for all child related crimes and to help us raise awareness of this growing epidemic spreading across our country.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Thursday, December 13, 2012
'Cancer affects all of us, and too many children are without Mothers due to this horrific disease,' member says.
This article is written by Denise Cline, of Dominick's Warriors. Dominick’s Warriors is taking part in the Relay for Life this year. As child abuse advocates and strong members of our community, we feel it is imperative to take part in all aspects of raising awareness of all killers of children, not only child abuse. Cancer affects all of us and too many children are without Mothers due to this horrific disease. One of our board members knows what it is like to lose her Mother to Breast Cancer. Renee Ungerleider lost her Mother Paulette Hart at the age of 38 to breast Cancer in 1990. Renee was only 17 and her sister was 12. In honor of Renee’s Hero we have formed Team Dominick’s Warriors Relay for Life. We are also aware of how many people…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Dominick's Law in Michigan stems from beating death of Argentine boy, 4, in 2010; The Million March Against Child Abuse will be in April 2013.
Editor's Note: This is a column by Denise Cline, of Dominick's Warriors. "Dominick’s Warriors is a grass roots group of people lead by Dominick’s grandpa Rick Calhoun, who not only persisted in getting Dominick’s Law passed in Michigan but are also relentless in raising awareness in child abuse. Dominick Calhoun was only 4-years-old when he was beaten to death by Brandon Hayes for having an accident while watching TV. Brandon Hayes beat Dominick from April 8, 2010 Until April 11, 2010 when three courageous young women saw Dominick and Corrine Baker laying on the floor and called Rick Calhoun and the police. Dominick and his mother Corrine were taken to the hospital and Dominick was placed on life support. On April 12, 2010 Dominick was …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Dominick's Warriors want to make sure people know about the law in memory of Dominick Calhoun that strengthens child abuse penalties.
There is a new law in Michigan and one local group wants you and thousands of others to know about it. Dominick's Warriors, a child abuse awareness and prevention group formed in honor of 4-year-old Argentine Township Dominick Calhoun who was beaten to death, will be putting up a billboard to spread the word about Dominick's Law, a new law that strengthened penalties against child abusers. The billboard will go up July 30 on I-75, about a half mile south of Pierson Road. Organizers invite those who donated for a meeting on Aug. 2 at the Triumphant Temple Of Praisemore, 3500 West Pasadena Avenue in Flint Township to view the billboard. Dominick's Warriors are looking to add another billboard and are collecting donations.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The law, named in memory of Dominick Calhoun, strengthens penalties for child abuse in Michigan and creates penalties for abuse committed in the presence of another.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation known as 'Dominick's Law' Tuesday strengthening penalties for child abuse in Michigan and adding penalties for abuse in front of another individual. The bills, sponsored by state Reps. Joseph Graves and Matt Lori, are in memory of Dominick Calhoun, a 4-year old from Argentine Township who was beaten to death in 2010, in the presence of his older brother. "Today we strengthen child abuse penalties in Michigan and honor Dominick Calhoun's memory while making Michigan a safer place for children to grow up," said Graves, R-Argentine Township. "While nothing will bring Dominick back, he will forever be remembered for helping protect all Michigan children from child abuse, and that will not be forgotten." …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
5K run honors slain child abuse victim Dominick Calhoun at Kensington Metropark in Milford.
Hundreds of runners braved chilly Saturday morning winds to honor slain child abuse victim Dominick Calhoun in a 5K race at Kensington Metropark in Milford. Four-year-old Dominick, of Argentine Township, was killed at the hands of his mother's ex-boyfriend. He was among more than 2,284 children in Genessee County who were abused and neglected in 2010. The run, organized by child abuse advocacy group ChildHelp, paid tribute to Dominick and other abuse victims while raising the profile of Dominick's Law, pending legislation that would enforce harsher penalties for those who abuse children. Rick Calhoun of Linden, Dominick's paternal grandfather, said he has received plenty of support from the community since his grandson's murder to honor …
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Rick Calhoun said family is busy honoring 4-year-old's memory, looking forward to togetherness.
Rick Calhoun still cries everyday. He has suffered through stress-related health problems and admits sometimes his head is still spinning. However, the Linden resident has done his best to move forward two years after his 4-year-old grandson Dominick Calhoun was beaten and tortured to death in April 2010 inside an Argentine Township apartment. “I still talk to him everyday,” Calhoun said. “Every time a good thing happens to me, I know he’s the one that is watching us.” After Dominick’s mother Corrine Baker and her ex-boyfriend Brandon Hayes, formerly of Tyrone Township, were convicted and sentenced for the murder of Dominick, Calhoun said he and his family have been able to take a step forward. “It was an emotional rollercoaster. We were …
Rick Calhoun fights to promote child abuse prevention, today many people will go one day without shoes.
My New Year’s Resolution this year was to be more generous, more giving and try to help those in need. I’ve read and written many stories over the years and discovered how lucky I am. While learning about other people’s lives, I realized, in comparison, I’ve never really had a bad thing happen to me in my entire life. I’ve started small to try and give back. I’ve made a more conscious effort to make people feel better about themselves. Since, I’ve become involved with Patch supporting Childhelp’s Run the Course for Dominick Calhoun to help raise child abuse awareness. Is there a better cause to fight for than children? I couldn’t think of one. In a recent interview Rick Calhoun mentioned how breast cancer awareness has grown. He said he …
Monday, April 2, 2012
The Livingston County Child Abuse Prevention Council hosted its Fourth Annual Pinwheels for Prevention event at the Howell Carnegie Library on Monday afternoon.
Bright blue pinwheels line the sidewalk leading up to the Howell Carnegie Library and there they will stay for the rest of the month as a reminder to prevent child abuse and neglect. The Livingston County Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Council hosted its Fourth Annual kickoff event for Child Abuse Prevention Month on the lawn of the Howell library on Monday afternoon. Guest speakers included LACASA President Bobette Schrandt, CAP Council Director Deanna Norris, Livingston County Prosecutor David Morse and Emily Schuster-Wachsberger from the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund. The number of confirmed child abuse cases in Livingston County has jumped 344 percent, from 68 cases in 2000 to 302 cases in 2010, according to Schrandt. The Child Welfare …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Sign up for Run the Course for Dominick Calhoun on April 21 at Kensington Metropark in Milford.
Family and friends watched as Brandon Hayes and Corrine Baker were sentenced to prison Monday for the murder of 4-year-old Dominick Calhoun of Argentine Township. Baker, Dominick's mother, was sentenced to 13 to 30 years for second-degree murder for failing to get help for her son; Hayes, her ex-boyfriend, was sentenced to life in prison for first-degree murder and several other counts, including torture and child abuse. With the case over, those friends and family members are focusing now on honoring the 4-year-old. Dominick's paternal grandparents, the group Dominick’s Law and Childhelp Michigan are organizing Run the Course for Dominick Calhoun, a run/walk event April 21 at Kensington Metropark in Milford. All proceeds will benefit the …