“I want to say thank you to everyone who came out tonight to support Bentley and Kaylee May Zalsman, and their family,” organizer Autumn Ames posted Monday night on the "Prayers for Bentley" Facebook page. “What an incredible crowd and night!”
Bentley was hospitalized Aug. 24 after allegedly being shaken by his father, Justin McIntyre. The infant suffered bleeding in the brain and was listed in critical condition for several days at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.
His father, 23, was arrested on a charge of first-degree child abuse. He is next scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary examination on Sept. 18.
The baby's mother, Kaylee Zalsman, has been at her child’s side in the hospital night and day since the incident. Ames said the money raised Monday will allow Zalsman to stay closer to her son during his recovery.
About 300 people attended the benefit, said Patti Zalsman, Bentley’s grandmother.
The child could be released from the hospital as early as today, Ames said.
“He has an MRI this morning,” she said Tuesday. “They said if everything looks alright, then he can come home.”
To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.