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Injuries Discovered On Brother Of Two-Year-Old Murdered In GR, Mother Investigated

Grand Rapids, Mich.  –  More legal trouble could be ahead for the mother of a two-year-old who was found dead in her home in Grand Rapids in mid-August.

Zaeyana Driggs – Threats’ father, DeShawn Threats, was charged with her murder.

DeShawnJrHowever, FOX 17 has uncovered new information that points to Darci as a possible suspect at one point in the case.

Also, there appears to have been injuries found on her brother, 6-month-old DeShawn Jr., following the murder.

A source close to the investigation says it’s been discovered that DeShawn Jr. had upwards of four fractures on his body.

That’s something that Darci partially confirms online, by posting, “‘So I found out that both my children had injuries to them!!!  OMG (***) AHHHHHHHHHHHH…uhhhhhhhh I just can`t believe all this (**) – how I wish this was a dream so bad!”

Court documents say 6-month-old DeShawn Jr. was in the home at the time his sister was killed.

It’s uncertain when those injuries may have occurred.

DeShawn Jr. was removed from Darci’s care immediately following his sister’s death by CPS and family court officials.

Court documents show that after Zaeyana died, Darci herself was partially the focus of the investigation, not just Zaeyana’s father.

They state, “‘Zaeyana was found to have multiple injuries.  Both Parents are considered suspects.”

Family court officials also said Darci had been smoking marijuana for quite some time, saying, “Children`s Protective Services has been involved with the family since March 2013 when DeShawn Threats JR. tested positive at birth for marijuana.”

Court documents claim the drug use continued on the day Zaeyana died.

They state, “‘Mr. Threats reported that he and Ms. Driggs smoke marijuana three times a day and smoked marijuana at 1 am this morning.”

People close to the Driggs-Threats family are also coming forward with concern that Darci may be pregnant again and there may be an issue of continued drug use.

We found Darci posting about her pregnancy in her own words, saying, “Well yall today is the day….pink or blue??? We shall see in about an hour….”

She later posted, “it`s a boy!!!!!!!!!!!”

She told friends that she’s due in February.

If the statements in family court documents quoting DeShawn Sr. are accurate, the timeline would indicate the couple was smoking marijuana while she was pregnant with her fourth child.

Meanwhile, documents show Darci and her attorney are demanding a jury trial in the neglect case in family court against her.

They are asking that CPS turn over the information including police reports and drug tests they used to generate those allegations against her.

DeShawn Threats Sr. defended Darci during a previous interview, saying she was a good, hard-working mom and had urged her to fight to keep their children.

“I love her and I hope everything is not getting her down too bad, She keeps still being a strong woman, and keeps taking care of our kids, and keep, if they try to take our son, keep fighting to get him back,” said DeShawn Threats Sr.

Prosecutors in Kent County have not criminally charged Darci Driggs in relation to any of the allegations brought to light in family court.

A spokesperson with Child Protective Services says they can’t comment on specific cases.

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9 Comments to “Injuries Discovered On Brother Of Two-Year-Old Murdered In GR, Mother Investigated”

    bountyguy said:
    September 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    I feel so bad for the kids and no one can tell me that family or neighbors did not know this was going on!
    Also why not have another they needed to pay for their drugs what better way then to have another child and receive more state assistance money.
    It is sad that people can get more and more money having more babies I mean what 20 2 kids or 3 then another on the way .Something needs to be done about this state assistance and kids having kids it has to stop or this cycle of children being killed or abused will only get worse

      CommonSense said:
      September 6, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      Mandated sterilization. Their drugs are more important than human life. Keep those assistance checks rolling in to pay for the addiction….

    nunya said:
    September 6, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    And I bet the one shes carrying dont get taken away from her, they BOTH need to be charged!!

      CommonSense said:
      September 6, 2013 at 11:28 PM

      You are correct, both should be spending life behind bars……just keep making babies that babies can't take care of and we wonder what's wrong with this world…..

    K-Dude said:
    September 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Young girls are learning very quickly having babies can be a career and then when you still live at home your parents make very cheap babysitters when you want to go out and party. My son has 7 pregnant girls in his high school (one pregnant with her 2nd child) and he is only 17. This is crazy, these kids can't even take care of themselves let alone others!

    foozma73 said:
    September 7, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    So many people out there that don't deserve to be parents. Such a sadness.

    I'LL BE YOUR GUEST said:
    September 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    I LOVE HOW EVERYONE INCLUDING THE NEWS, IS USING SMOKING POT AS A DEFENCE.
    SMOKING POT OR NOT THESE PEOPLE ABUSED THERE KIDS – PERIOD. SMOKING DOPE IS JUST AN AFTER THOUGHT. THIS WOULD HAVE HAPPENED ANYWAY, SO WHY IS EVERYONE BLAMMING POT SMOKING AND NOT THE PIECE'S OF SHIT, "THE PARENTS" ! STOP HIDING IT BEHIND SMOKING POT AND SEE IT FOR WHAT IT IS……… AND NO, YOU CAN NOT GET AN ADDICTION TO SMOKING POT, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.

    Alina said:
    September 8, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    My heart goes out to the poor helpless babies.they didnt have a choice for selfidh stupid parents.as I read the comments from everyone there are some things I forgot that lazy people do to get money by having children.the mother KNOWS ALOT more than she is saying so SHAME on her for not coming forward.she is protecting scum absolute SCUM.they are trying to use pot smoking as a defense in case it goes to trial.they are going to act like they were under the influence and they need rehab for free from the courts system.you watch and see how they will squirm around when they need to prove she didnt know…..this isnt Dr.Phil lady where you get free help.Pathetic excuse of a human being. so FN sad.

    Alina said:
    September 8, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    I misspelled a word on my comment because Im upset…..
    that Im trying to type and say what I want to say really fast.

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