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Updated: Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010, 10:33 PM EST

Published : Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010, 10:25 PM EST

By TARYN ASHER – myFOXDetroit.com

A Macomb County toddler dies in the bathtub while in a relative’s care. Police believe it was more than just an accident.


“We’re devastated,” said Eman Kannah. “I can’t believe that this baby’s dead.”

Kannah is close friends with the parents of four-year-old DeAngelo Kasmikha, the boy, who police now believe died at the hands of his own grandmother.

She says according to the mother, the grandmother confessed to killing her own grandson.

“She said, ‘Why did you kill him?’ She said, ‘I don’t know,'” Kannah said. “The grandma said she… strangled him and then she put him in the bathtub.”

On Monday, paramedics responded to a 9-1-1 call from a unit at the Clinton Place Apartments near 19 Mile Road. Emergency crews tried to revive the four-year-old, who was believed to have drown in three inches of bath water.

The woman, who was watching her grandson at the time, was taken into custody. An autopsy completed Tuesday shows this was no accident. Police now believe the woman in her sixties murdered her own grandson.

The boy’s aunt says there was no history of problems. In fact, the grandmother watched DeAngelo and her other grandchildren often.

“In a million years, we would never think that she would do anything to harm a kid like that because no one would drop off a kid to their grandma’s house or anybody’s house if they know their (kid is) going to be in danger,” said Lina Najor, the boy’s aunt.

Neighbors who live right next door often saw the women and her grandson together.

“Killing her grandchildren, that’s kind of lubricious,” said Devrin Wynn. “Personally, I don’t know why would you kill your own grandson.”

“I don’t know what he could have (done). He’s only four years old. I mean, what could he have been doing besides being a child,” said Yaminah Brown.

Those are the questions that will forever haunt the family of DeAngelo, who say right now they are praying for answers and strength.

“We wish we know. We wish there is an explanation to all this so this way we can all grieve the right way,” Najor said.

The woman is expected to be charged with her grandson’s murder on Wednesday. DeAngelo’s memorial service is set for Thursday morning at the Southfield Funeral Home.

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