1-year-old Macomb County boy dies from severe head injuries after babysitter's alleged abuse

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ROSEVILLE (WWJ) -- Prosecutors are awaiting autopsy results after an 11-month old baby boy who was allegedly abused by his babysitter in Roseville died on Wednesday.

A 21-year-old Roseville woman was charged with child abuse after allegedly injuring the young boy, police announced on Tuesday. But the charges will now likely be upgraded, according to Macomb County Prosecutor Pete Lucido.

Kimora Launmei Hodges faces life in prison for first-degree child abuse in Macomb County after she allegedly admitted to authorities that she had abused the child over a week ago.

Now Lucido says the charges against her are now expected to be amended following the baby's death..

Roseville police said the infant was severely injured between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and midnight on June 13 at a home in the 30000 block of Little Mack Avenue in Roseville.

A local hospital called authorities after they received the young boy with severe head trauma.

According to police, the boy's mother said her neighbor, Hodges, had been babysitting her son several times in the past two months; she had just picked up her 11-month-old when Hodges told her that her son didn't look normal.

The boy's mother called 911 and an ambulance transported the boy to a local hospital where doctors had to preform emergency surgery.

Hodges was arrested by authorities and later admitted that she had abused the boy, police said.

Lucido says abuse of babies is becoming an increasingly big problem.

"We're looking at the numbers and they're escalating," Lucido told WWJ. "They're exponential, which means we're getting a call every week about a baby death in Macomb County."

He said last month is office received 2-3 calls a week about baby deaths.

A judge ordered Hodges be held on a $250,000 bond, no 10%. She is currently at the Macomb County Jail.