Benefit for baby Bentley

A fundraiser for Bentley McIntyre, the small Spring Lake boy hospitalized in a suspected shaken baby case, and his family is planned for Labor Day at a Grand Haven-area park.
Becky Vargo
Aug 31, 2012

The event will take place at the Pottawattomie Park pavilions from 6-8 p.m. The park is off Comstock Street in Grand Haven Township, west of Mercury Drive.

Organizer and family friend Autumn Ames said they would be selling pop and hot dogs for $1. They will also have raffles and possibly the auction of larger items such as a kayak.

Ames said she didn’t know the full extent of what was going to be available because she will be accepting items for donation throughout the weekend.

The condition of Bentley, now 7 weeks old, was upgraded from critical to serious Wednesday at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.

He was injured Aug. 24 after allegedly being shaken by his father. The child was flown to Grand Rapids by the AeroMed helicopter after initially being taken by the family to North Ottawa Community Hospital.

Bentley has recently opened his eyes and began moving around. The best part, Ames said, is that they've been able to hold him again beginning Tuesday night.

“I was with Bentley this morning and got to hold him,” she said Wednesday. “He drank some formula from a bottle today.”

Ames said family members — including the baby’s mother, Kaylee Zalsman; and grandmother, Patti Zalsman — “were so overwhelmed with playing with him and touching him.” They had not been allowed to do so up to that point because doctors had not wanted the baby stimulated while they waited for his swelling to decrease, and to make sure any brain bleeding stopped.

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grondin

Ames said she didn’t know the full extent of what was going to be available because she will be accepting items for donation throughout the weekend.

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