By SUE SUCHYTA
DEARBORN – Amy Taulbee and Murtadha Almeamaar of Dearborn were arraigned on charges of first-degree child abuse Oct. 3 before Judge Sam Salamey in 19th District Court.
Almeamaar also was charged with being a habitual offender, second offense.
Almeamaar was given a $250,000 cash bond with a GPS tether, and Taulbee was given a $100,000 cash bond, 10 percent, with a GPS tether.
The couple took their one-month-old child to a local pediatrician Sept. 29 with multiple visible injuries, which police and fire personnel deemed suspicious in nature.
The infant was transferred to Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where medical personnel determined that the injuries were consistent with signs of physical abuse.
The parents were then taken into custody, while the child remains hospitalized in stable condition.
Police Chief Issa Shahin said the case impacted everyone involved, from the first responders to the police investigators and the medical professionals.
“It is unfathomable to think that a parent could allegedly cause harm to their own child,” he said, “so I appreciate all of the hard work that has gone into ensuring that those responsible are held accountable.”