On Friday, September 18, 2020 medical first responders from the Clarksville Fire Department and LIFE EMS and a nearby Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputy were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of W. Ferney Street in the Village of Clarksville on the report of a child choking and not breathing. Upon arrival, medical first responders and paramedics were able to resuscitate 2 year old Colton Sceviour, of Clarksville and transport him to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition where he later died.
Emergency Personnel had been told that toddler had been choking on his breakfast, however it was determined that the boy had been the victim of child abuse and determined the manner of death as homicide.
On Friday evening, Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives met with subjects involved in the case, and took 27 year Matthew Ryan Rademacher of Clarksville into custody for the homicide. Rademacher is the live-in boyfriend of the child’s mother.
Rademacher was arraigned on Homicide- Felony Murder, and Child Abuse 1st Degree (both Life Offenses) in the 64A District Court. He is held without bond in the Ionia County Jail pending upcoming court appearances.