Baby Found Not Breathing, Dad Charged

Posted at 3:56 PM, Nov 21, 2012
and last updated 2013-02-20 12:50:20-05

Reports of a 4-month-old child not breathing at an apartment complex sent emergency crews rushing to the scene during the early morning hours of November 19, 2012.

Kalamazoo Township Police received the 911 call around 1:19 a.m., the apartment was located in the 500 block of North Arlington Street.

The baby boy was transported to Bronson Methodist Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Township police began investigating the cause of death, meanwhile an autopsy is being performed at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Mich.

Police later arrested the boy’s father Tahj Oneal Lockett, 22. The prosecutor authorized a charge for first degree child abuse against Lockett, he was arraigned Tuesday on those charges.

Bond was set at $50,000, and a preliminary exam was scheduled for December 4, 2012.

Township Police ask that anyone with any information contact them at 269-343-0551 or Silent Observer 269-343-2100 or