Stay-At-Home Dad Charged with Child Murder

By: Kari Huston
By: Kari Huston

He was a stay-at-home Dad taking care of a 3-year-old little boy, who wasn't his son.

Now Jonathan Roseberry is accused of felony murder for beating that toddler so badly that he died of internal injuries.

“There's some sort of a mental, I wouldn't say disability, but slowness about the child,” says the family’s landlord. “Little Glen isn't up to speed, but I always thought Jonathon was very patient with the child.”

According to neighbors Roseberry and his live-in girlfriend, Amber Palmateer, were good parents.

Roseberry took care of 3-year-old Glen Ferguson at the couple's home in Benton Township, while Amber worked.

No one in the neighborhood suspected abuse when Glen began vomiting blood Monday night, least of all Amber.

When Amber brought her son to the emergency room of Lakeland Hospital officials knew they had a case of abuse on their hands. Little Glen had bruises on his face, his lower torso, in his genital region and on his back and limbs. A CAT Scan revealed he had a ruptured bowel and tears to his intestine. That's when officials got the police involved.

“The child had received internal injuries which would have been consistent with being caused by blunt trauma, either being struck by an object or feet or kicked,” explains Chief Vincent Fetke, of the Benton Township Police.

Glen Ferguson died Tuesday morning in a pediatric unit at a Kalamazoo hospital, and what started as child abuse escalated to murder.

Roseberry told detectives he was "rough housing" with Glen on Sunday and may have caused the injuries accidentally. “There was no history, as far as locally, with child abuse allegations, but we don't know how far back the child abuse actually took place,” Chief Fetke says.

26-year-old Jonathon Roseberry has no record of violent crime in Michigan, which makes detectives wonder how a man who claims he loved a little boy like his own son, could hit that child with enough force to cause lethal injury.

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