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Dad intentionally shot 2-year-old in the face, officials say

Ryker, a two-year-old boy shot in the face by his father, Michael Glance. (Support for Ryker/GoFundMe)

A father intentionally shot his 2-year-old son in the face during a fight with the boy’s mother, prosecutors said.

[There has since been a GoFundMe set up to raise money for the child, who has had to undergo five surgeries already.]

Michael Christopher Glance, 32, was arraigned via video Thursday afternoon, April 18, by Magistrate Judge Fred Bishop on multiple felony charges for the April 16 shooting and attempted murder of his son.

Glance is charged with three counts each of assault with intent to murder and felony firearms. Wearing jailhouse orange, he appeared indifferent with the allegations made against him.

“For whatever reason, Mr. Glance decided to take his anger out on his 2-year-old child that day,” Jackson County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kati Rezmierski said.

During an argument with the boy’s mother, Nicole McCarthy, at his Blackman Township home in the 400 block of Barrett Avenue, Glance held a pistol to his son’s temple and squeezed the trigger, but it did not fire, Rezmierski said.

“It was by some divine intervention that gun malfunctioned and his life was spared, but how much of it was really spared?” she asked.

The mother took the boy to her car, strapped him in his car seat and was getting ready to leave when Glance came out of the house with a shotgun, Rezmierski said.

“He pointed the gun directly at his son and blew half of his face off,” she said.

Glance wasn’t done with his assault, as he began to chase the boy’s mother with his malfunctioning handgun, trying to get it to fire, before fleeing the scene, Rezmierski added.

The child was taken to Henry Ford Allegiance Health in critical condition and later transferred to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, officials said. He is still in critical condition.

With the assistance from detectives with the Major Crimes Task Force, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and the Violent Crime Task Force, Glance was located and arrested shortly before 2 p.m., on McCain Road, west of Robinson Road, police said.

Glance has no criminal record, though Rezmierski said she attributes that to several instances of unreported domestic violence.

Glance is scheduled for a preliminary examination, May 1, before District Judge Michael Klaeren. Bond has been set at $10 million.

Assault with intent to murder is punishable by up to life in prison.


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