Detroit police 'dropped the ball' on Mother's Day stabbing; no arrests yet

Two years after her son was stabbed to death, a Detroit mother was fed up with the lack of action from Detroit Police. It took FOX 2 Problem Solver Ingrid Kelley to get her the help she needed.

Mother's Day 2013 is a day Tonyie Andrews-Johnson will never forget: Her son was stabbed to death in a Detroit lounge. 

"I received a phone call around 1 a.m. that Brendden had been stabbed," Andrews-Johnson said.

Despite efforts to save his life, lost her son, Brendden on Mother's Day 2013. But this mother says her nightmare continues as she works to put the person responsible for her son's murder behind bars 

Andrews-Johnson says initially Detroit Police were very responsive about the investigation. That was, until a detective assigned to the case retired. Andrews-Johnson says the case continued to be reassigned.

"Then communication stopped. I found out he retired and heard nothing for weeks," she said.

So she contacted FOX 2. The labor and delivery nurse says it seems like life was breathed back into this investigation and now police are calling her. And police are even admitting their mistake with Deputy Police Chief Charles Fitzgerald saying the department messed up.

"We dropped the ball," Fitzgerald said. "Losing a loved one like that is a traumatic thing and we need to do better on our end. It's my pledge and chief Craig's pledge on how we move forward."

Detroit police tell Fox 2 they can't discuss details about the case because it's still an open investigation. But they do say changes are coming on how they handle these type of investigations.

"The good news is Chief James Craig has started new volunteer advocate program," Fitzgerald said. "We're taking people from the citizens academy and we're going to roll them into all the major crimes: Homicide, sex crimes, child abuse. 

"We're going to set up milestones and certain dates where we're going to make contact with families of victims."

As the investigation into Brendden's case continues, Andrews-Johnson says memories of her son are what get her by

"To know him was to love him. We really truly miss him," she said.

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