January 4, 2014 Grand Rapids, Michigan, (MLive) —There is no plea deal for the 22-year-old man accused of the brutal abuse that ended in the death of a 2-year-old girl.
Unless he decides to plead guilty as charged to felony murder, Deshawn Threats will face life in prison without the possibility of parole in a trial to begin sometime this winter.
Threats is accused of killing Zaeyana Driggs-Threats at some point before the morning of Aug. 4 at the Fourth Street NW home the child shared with Threats and her mother, Darci Driggs.
During a September hearing, Driggs testified she had gone to work the evening of Aug. 3 leaving the girl and two siblings in the lone care of Threats.
The next morning, Driggs said Threats laid the lifeless child on the bathroom floor of the West Side home claiming he found his daughter under the Dora the Explorer toddler bed that she shared with her half-sister
The next morning, Driggs said Threats laid the lifeless child on the bathroom floor of the West Side home claiming he found his daughter under the Dora the Explorer toddler bed that she shared with her half-sister.
At a Grand Rapids District Court hearing in October, Kent County Assistant Prosecutor Helen Brinkman told a judge that the child suffer horrific blunt force trauma and did not die quickly.
“The child was hit so hard, the stomach exploded,” Brinkman said. She said the medical examiner’s report indicated that the child lived for a short period of time following the injuries.
Threats was scheduled for a status conference hearing Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Kent County Circuit Court where the prosecution could have offered a plea agreement or Threats could have pleaded as charged
Neither occurred meaning the case will be set for trial before Judge Donald Johnston. The trial is likely to come no sooner than February.
Threats remains in the Kent County Jail without bond.