Child Injury Attorney and Police Try to Determine the Circumstances around Death of a Toddler


After the unusual circumstances surrounding the death of her two-year-old son, a woman recently hired a John Bales child injury attorney. The mother wishes to mourn privately, as the police sort the details out surrounding the child’s death. Her attorney is able to handle all legal and news matters on her behalf as she deals with the loss of her child and fights for justice.

Twenty-two-year-old man, Dason Darius Hogan, is suspected of killing his girlfriend’s two-year-old son, Michael Lee-Ashley Stem. He has been charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, as well as child abuse and is set to appear in a criminal court. Hogan has no blood relation to the child, though he was named by courts as the “de facto father.”

a5On the morning that the child died, he was alone with Hogan in a hotel room, in which Hogan, his girlfriend, and three children had been living. The child’s mother left for work that morning at her job at a nearby grocery store, while her other two children went to the bus stop.  Hogan made a trip to the grocery store to purchase food. According to the attorney representing the mother of the deceased, Hogan claimed that he fed Stem beans and hot dogs, then put the child into bed. Less than an hour after laying down, the child complained of a stomach ache and Hogan took him to the restroom to vomit. Hogan reportedly checked on him about 30 minutes after putting him back in bed and he was not breathing.

Once he noticed that the child was not breathing, he tried repeatedly to contact the mother by text and phone call.  Upon arriving back at the hotel, the mother told him Hogan to call 911. When the mother went into the child’s room, she observed bruising on his chest and abdomen. Hogan claims that the bruising was from assisting the child in vomiting, though he failed to mention that in his interview with police.

Hogan insisted that additional injuries and bruising on the body were from giving CPR to the child. The chief medical examiner in Baltimore said that after completing the autopsy, he concluded the injuries could not have been sustained by any rescue methods, such as CPR. They were consistent with aggressive hitting or kicking of the child.

An arrest warrant was issued for Hogan and he is currently in custody with a $500,000, no property bond. The judge presiding over this case set a high bail amount, making the release of Hogan highly unlikely.

It is in these types of cases, where a clear motive or method cannot be determine, a child injury attorney is very advantages. Such an attorney will be able to help the family of the victim receive the financial compensation they so deserve, for the emotional agony they have suffered. Hiring a child injury attorney is advantageous in cases like this. And our proposal is that it be John Bales Attorneys. These specialized attorneys to ensure the families all the justice the law has to offer.