A 24-year old Grand Rapids man is near death in the hospital after he was stomped during a brutal beating Friday.

Two of the suspects --teenage children-- were arraigned in court yesterday, but the charges of assault could turn to charges of murder, if 24-year old Scott Simerson dies.

Police told WOOD TV that three people were involved in the beating which started when he was trying to protect three young children that he was babysitting from being harassed on a playground.

Police say Sanderson was hit from behind, then stomped.