Macomb County mom thanks police for helping her son get justice

Posted at 6:50 PM, Nov 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-01 18:51:01-04

Erica Hammel will never forget Nov. 1, 2013.

It's the day her 1-year-old son was violently shaken by his father's girlfriend. Doctors didn't think he would survive, but Wyatt beat the odds. He's now 6 years old.

Today, on the 5-year anniversary of that tragedy, Hammel wanted to focus on something positive.

That's why she went to the Warren Police Department to thank the detectives who worked so hard on her case. She says she'd been meaning to do that for years and wanted to do it on this day.

"They helped me get justice for Wyatt," she says.

Det. Donald Seidl was the lead detective on that case and says Wyatt's story always stayed with him.

When Hammel and Wyatt stopped by with breakfast for the officers, he got to see Wyatt for the first time since the tragedy.

"It's emotionally overwhelming," Seidl said. "I'm so ecstatic he's here."

Wyatt has suffered permanent brain damage and has developmental delays. He's also blind in his left eye, but his mom says he's making great progress and even started talking recently.

She says she's grateful for everyone who helped Wyatt along this journey and will never stop fighting for him.

Hammel is pushing for legislation to create a database to show who has been convicted of child abuse.