EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: 9-11 Call for 1-year-old Torrance Adams Wake-Med reports suspected abuse by moms boyfriend

On  (Valentine’s Day) Feb. 14, Raleigh Police Department officers responded to WakeMed due to a suspected child abuse incident. Torrance Adams, a 1-year-old male-child, had stopped breathing earlier in the day and was transported to the hospital.

The child’s mother said she received a call to rush home from work with reports of her son choking and not breathing. The paramedics resuscitated baby Torrance and it seemed that he was stable at that time until soon after arriving at WakeMed. After arriving at WakeMed, the child’s heart rate began to drop at an alarming rate without explanation, he had been stabilized again and rushed in for a CT scan. From the CT scan report, it was discovered that the child had sustained a skull fracture while in the care of Michael Buchanan. Follow-up investigation led detectives to secure a warrant charging Buchanan (DOB 3/14/95) with intentional child abuse inflicting bodily injury and at that time was being held on a $150,000 bond that was increased to $2M.

Michael Buchanan

THE 9-11 Call from WakeMed:

The 911 call concerning the incident has been uploaded below with full, original audio as released by authorities. As required by § 132-1.4 and/or §143-518, information has been redacted from the attached call and the audio has been altered to disguise the caller’s natural voice per NC 9-11 recording laws.

The extent of the physical damages to 1-year-old Torrance Adams skull was deemed purposeful and no way to have been accidental. The family remained optimistic during that dark time since the child responded to touch, was moving and breathing on his own. Friday, Torrance suffered a seizure and was taken off of sedation medication, he became non-responsive, wasn’t breathing independently and was placed on life support. A second CT scan was ordered and completed to find there was a tremendous amount of swelling taking place on his brain and the family was then informed by the respiratory therapist that it didn’t look like Torrance would make it through.

Adams died from his injuries on Sat. Feb.16, 2019. RPD homicide detectives conferred with the District Attorney’s office and charges have been upgraded to murder with NO BOND in connection with Adams’ death.

Adams mother, Quise McCall reported to The Onslow Beat that Buchanan called her from jail “at least 10 times”. McCall stated,  “I answered and hung up the first time, he apologized and asked how he was, then asked me to help him find a bondsman. I just hung up and didn’t answer again.”


Like most families, no parents expect to have to bury an infant child or child at all with hopes that the children will out live them. Being such an unforseen, sudden tragedy, the family is seeking donations to help with the cost of burial. They are close to the goal, if you see fit to donate, an online fundraiser is still available: GoFundMe YaYa Strong .





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