Hampton, 30, kept his head down and his answers short as he was arraigned on two counts of murder accused of stabbing to death his 13-month old daughter Carmon, and her mother, 29-year-old Monique Rakowski.
"It's a felony - it's punishable with life without parole," said the district court judge.
Hampton is being held without bond.
He had turned himself into Dearborn police last week after the bodies were found on the bathroom floor of their home on Normandy in Eastpointe. The mother and daughter had been stabbed, coins were placed over Rakowski's eyes.
The baby was placed on top of Rakowski with the pacifier still in Carmon's mouth.
Monique's father Michael Rakowski made the discovery.
"We don't want to say anything that could possibly jeopardize the case," he said. "We thank everyone for their kind thoughts and concern and we appreciate your prayers."
"I'm a US Army veteran and this is going to be the hardest battle of my life," said Sharon Rakowski, Monique's mother. "And I'm going to win - I'm going to beat this bastard - he will not beat us."
Rakowski's grief-stricken parents left court - where investigators requested no bond for Hampton saying he has a history of domestic violence. Hampton was on probation for assaulting Rakowski at the time of the murders.
"It's been an emotional roller coaster for days because you go from not believing to grief," said Emily Berry, a cousin. "And to see him in person, makes it even more real."
"Every time they've gotten into something, she's always fought back," said Amanda, a cousin. "And unfortunately every time, it escalated."
"It's hard to believe that another human being is capable of doing that," Berry said.
"Many people told her to leave or he's going to kill you," Amanda said. "(She would say) 'I'm not afraid of him.'"
Monique's cousins have a message for anyone involved in an abusive relationship.
"If anything good can come of this let somebody walk out of a situation, where they're not safe," Berry said.
"This should never happen to anybody ever again," Amanda said.