On August 9, 2014, at approximately 5:30 a.m., Meridian Township police officers responded to child abuse complaint at Sparrow Hospital. An 8 week-old baby suffered substantial injuries and was admitted to the hospital for treatment.
On August 13, 2014, the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office issued a three count warrant in connection with this incident charging Richard Allen Croad-Messer, a 23 year-old Haslett man with two counts of Child Abuse 1st Degree and one count of Assault by Strangulation. Croad-Messer was arrested by the Meridian Township Police Department.
On August 13, 2014, Croad-Messer was arraigned at the 55th District Court on all three charges. Bond was set at $500,000 cash surety. He was remanded to the Ingham County Jail awaiting a preliminary hearing.
This incident remains under investigation by the Meridian Township Police Department. People with information about this crime are asked to contact the Meridian Township Police Department at (517) 853-4800, CrimeStoppers at (517) 483- STOP, or submit an anonymous tip through the Department’s social media sites.