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Canton Father in Infant Abuse Case Gets 10-15 Years

Anthony Sewejkis gets maximum sentence for abusing infant son at Canton home.

Anthony Sewejkis, the stay-at-home father convicted in the near-fatal Dec. 7 abuse of his then-4-month-old son, Hunter, failed to persuade a judge from giving him the maximum sentence — 10-15 years in prison, the Canton Observer reported.

Sewejkis, 26, was of first-degree child abuse earlier this month for his role in the abuse, where he was accused of twice slamming his young son's head against the carpeted living room floor of the Michigan Avenue home in Canton he shared with the boy's 29-year-old mother, Leanne Garlick.

Garlick said as a cab driver in Ann Arbor when the incident occurred. She has since lost parental rights to Hunter, who remains partially blind and severely brain damaged, but is in the by his maternal grandparents, Sal and Theresa Alongi of Belleville.

According to the Observer's report, Wayne County Circuit Judge Margaret Van Houten said Sewejkis never sought help for Hunter after the infant was injured, waiting about three hours until Garlick returned home from work to take the infant to the hospital.

Under , new state legislation passed by the House in the wake of the death of four-year-old Dominick Calhoun of Argentine Township, first-degree child abuse offenders could face up to life in prison instead of the existing 15-year maximum sentence.

For more on Friday's sentencing, read the Observer's report.

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Amy Babbitt May 26, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I would like to say, as the Aunt of Hunter, justice was not fully served in this case. Anthony gave Hunter a life sentence and I feel it is only fair that Anthony gets the same in return. My nephew will NEVER be a "normal" child because of what his “father” did. I am extremely excited and fully support Dominick's Law!! These crimes SHOULD be punished to the full extent. I watched my nephew be taken off of life support. This was the most horrific event I have ever had to endure. Watching my nephew struggle to take a breath and chocking on the fluid. The doctors prepared us that it may be the end and that we shouldn’t expect for him to ever take another breath. I remember my family and I praying that he will take that first breath off of the machine. Nothing can ever prepare you for a situation like this and hopefully none of you will ever experience it. I know that by the grace of God that Hunter has survived and that it is only a matter of time before someone shows Anthony EXACTLY how it feels to be in Hunters place.
April Phillips May 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
THIS IS THE MOST HORRIFIC THING IN THE WORLD!!! TO SMACK YOUR KIDS SO HARD YOU LEAVE A BRUISE IS BAD ENOUGH, BUT TO ACTUALLY HAVE ENOUGH IN YOU TO TAKE A 4 MONTH OLD AND SLAM THEIR HEAD AGAINST ANYTHING HARD ENOUGH TO DO THAT KIND OF DAMAGE IS JUST SICK AND TWISTED... AND YOU ARE RIGHT AMY, ANTHONY DID GIVE HUNTER A LIFE SENTENCE (SAD BUT TRUE) AND HE DESERVES AT LEAST THE SAME IN RETURN... I THINK SOMEONE SHOULD DO THE SAME TO THAT MAN WHAT HE DID TO THAT INNOCENT BABY OR DEATH... ITS JUST A GROSS WORLD WE LIVE IN TODAY, AND PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS HOW ITS GOING TO REMAIN IF WE DON'T MAKE A CHANGE AND BRING GOD BACK TO WHERE HE BELONGS... IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND OUR HOMES, AND IN OUR HEARTS...
Eila May 27, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Let the RAT ROT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sal salsdlspraysystems@att.net0828 May 29, 2012 at 04:08 AM
Let's all hope that "Dominic's Law" passes the Senate quickly so that no other baby or child ever has to endure what little Hunter has had to go through thus far with the people that commit such crimes knowing that they will get life for doing so. Anthony Sewejkis will most likely get what he deserves in prison and most Likely that little puke will never survive prison. I only hope that he gets beaten repeatedly and daily and eventually sits before GOD for his eternal punishment "HELL" May he rot in Hell forever. But he's finished For now so let's all concentrate on Hunter and his recovery. He needs and will continue to need everyone's help and prayers. My heart goes out to all that have helped and prayed for little Hunter especially my family who has done so much for him. But also for his friends and strangers that have helped and prayed for him. We all witnessed a miracle when all of the Doctors (as great as they are) gave up in his chances to survive and to make any type of recovery.
Sal salsdlspraysystems@att.net0828 May 29, 2012 at 04:11 AM
I also want to commend the Judge and the prosecuting attorney for staying firm and perusing this so that he got the maximum sentence currently in place. Great job !! Also to thank the Doctors who testified and especially Detective Tim Wright of the Canton police department for doing a great job on this case !!

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