Huron County Deputies find newborn baby dead in Port Hope attic
Mon, 28 Mar 2011 02:28:05 GMT —
Update, March 30th 1:40 p.m
New information shows that the 13-year-old mother and 16-year-old alleged father are related. The Huron County Sheriff's Department is not releasing the exact family connection, but has confirmed that they are relatives.
Update, March 29th 2:15 p.m.
An autopsy has determined that the baby was stillborn at birth. No other details surrounding the child's delivery are being released at this time.
In the meantime, the 16 year old boy, who is believed to be the baby's father, appeared in the Huron County Circuit Court Monday morning. A petition was authorized, charging the teen with one count of third degree Criminal Sexual Conduct for the alleged incident involving the child's 13 year old mother.
The teen has been placed in detention until the pretrial hearing.
Update, March 29th 11:14 a.m.
The Bay City Times is reporting that the 16 year old boy, who is believed to be the baby's father, has been charged as a juvenile for third degree criminal sexual conduct. The report states that there has been no evidence so far of force or coercion.
NBC25 has left a message with Huron County Prosecutor Timothy Rutkowski for further information.Read more Suspected 16-year-old father of newborn found dead in a Port Hope attic by police to face criminal sexual conduct charge Update: Prosecutor says teenage father of dead newborn will not be charged as an adult
The Huron County Sheriff is investigating the death of a newborn in Port Hope.
Investigators found the baby Sunday morning in the attic area of a home there. They are hoping an autopsy will help them determine how the baby died.
The investigation began when a 13-year-old girl asked to be taken to the hospital Saturday evening. Doctors found the girl TMs health problems stemmed from a pregnancy, and called the sheriff TMs department.
The juvenile is of a larger stature and had not told anyone, nor did anyone apparently suspect her of being pregnant, said a press release from the Huron County Sheriff TMs Department.
Investigators say the 13-year-old mother identified the father as a 16-year-old who lived in Huron Township. They spoke with him, and investigators say he gave a statement about an incident in the summer of 2010 involving him and the victim.
Later in the evening doctors called law enforcement again, saying they had learned the girl had already given birth. The teen told a Michigan State Police investigator she had given birth around noon Saturday.
Deputies found the infant boy a short time later. Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson says the investigation is still underway. No word at this time on whether anyone will be criminally charged in this case.