BLACKMAN TOWNSHIP, Mi. – A small boy who just turned two years old was shot in the face by his father during a domestic dispute with the childâ€™s mother, authorities said.
On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at around 12:30 p.m., police responded to a home in the 400 block of Barrett Avenue in Blackman Township, Michigan. Just before the shooting, Michael Christopher Glance, 32, was in verbal altercation with Nicole McCarthy, 2-year-old Ryker Glanceâ€™s mother. At one point, according to police, the man pointed the gun at the boyâ€™s head, attempting to shoot him but the gun misfired.
McCarthy in fear for her and her sonâ€™s lives, grabbed her son and rushed over to her vehicle. She strapped the child into his carseat, but Glance ran outside and shot into the window of the vehicle shooting Ryker in his face and his arm. He then turned the gun to McCarthy, but the gun misfired, police said. When police arrived at the home, Glance had already left the home. Ryker was transported to Henry Ford Allegiance Health in serious condition. Due to the extent of his injuries, he was airlifted to C.S. Mott Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Ann Arbor.
Glance was located at around 2:00 p.m. and was booked at the Jackson County Jail for two counts of assault with intent to murder and additional weapon-related charges. He is being held in lieu of $10 million bail.
Meanwhile, Ryker has undergone at least five surgeries in an attempt to repair his face, hand, arm, and lungs, according to the Go Fund Me page. â€śHe had titanium placed in his jaw and surgeons have reconstructed his mouth, gums, and nose.â€ť The medical staff has used over 100 stitches in his face alone and remains on a ventilator and feeding tube. Although his condition is stable, he is undergoing testing in order to keep him stable.
Family and friends are asking for funds to help the Nicole McCarthy stay by her sons side as he fights for his young life. The funds are also being requested to assist with any medical expenses, lost wages, the cost of travel, lodging, travel and any other immediate expenses. Anyone wishing to send cards or encouraging notes can send them to P.O. Box 10 Concord, MI. 49237.
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