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Kalamazoo police investigating death of 2-year-old boy

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Kalamazoo Public Safety is investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy.

Court documents reveal Nehemiah Dodd died January second after he was severely injured while in the care of his father, Brian Roberts.

Court records show Nehemiah was placed in the temporary care of his father by the state, after Nehemiah's mother had her parental rights terminated due to neglect.

Right now, Brian Roberts is not in custody.

Kalamazoo Public Safety tells Newschannel3 they are still investigating and are waiting for  Nehemiah's autopsy results to come back.

But we found in court records his injuries indicate that he was shaken.

Brian Roberts declined to comment to Newschannel3 Wednesday, after the court referee decided he will have no contact with his two other children ages 14 and two.

Court records show little Nehemiah Dodd, who went by "Nemo" was brought into the emergency room New Year's Eve.

Medical records say he suffered bleeding on the brain and retinal bleeding.

"Nehemiah unfortunately, as indicated, died as a result of his injuries," said Referee Rodney Budka with Circuit Court Family Division.

The medical findings determined Roberts' explanation for what happened that day didn't add up.

We did some digging and discovered Roberts has a lengthy criminal record stretching back to 1993.

It includes assault and battery, possessing drugs, and fleeing a police officer.

Lawmakers alerted our I-Team to Nemo's death, because they say they couldn't get answers about what happened to him.

"I was a little disappointed. I was not given a notice of the facts and circumstances surrounding the case and mortified that a parent would do this to their child," said State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker.

"We need the facts on the table, so we can protect other children who are in the same situation as Nemo was," said State Representative Margaret O'Brien.

The court decided Wednesday, Roberts' two other children will remain in the care of their mothers, who pose no threat to their well-being.