Mother of 15-month-old child charged with second degree murder in child’s death


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GLADSTONE – Michaela Maupin has been charged with second degree murder in the drowning death of her 15-month-old child.

According to a release from the Delta County Prosectuor’s Office, on October 7, 2017, Gladstone Public Safety responded to Thorntree Apartments for an unresponsive child. An investigation was conducted by law enforcement and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. Gladstone police officers arrested Michaela Maupin, 29, after establishing probable cause in connection with the death of her 15-month old daughter.

Prosecutor Philip Strom has charged Maupin with one count of Second-Degree Murder. It is alleged that the 15-month old child drowned after being unsupervised for an unreasonable amount of time in a bathtub with running water. Further investigation is ongoing.

Michaela Maupin has been arraigned in 94″ District Court in Delta County. Further information regarding the defendant’s bond and future court hearings can be obtained through District Court.
AS in all Criminal cases, any charges are accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Maupin’s other minor children were removed from the home and a petition was filed in Delta County Probate Court requesting the court take jurisdiction over the children.

Prosecutor Strom Said in a statement, “Child abuse often is a hidden and silent crime. In this case, a convergence of events led to the death of a child. The alleged evidence in this case will show a wanton and willful disregard for the life of a child. The Delta County Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement will continue to be vigilant in protecting our children.”

GLADSTONE — The death of a 15-month-old child is under investigation, according to Gladstone Public Safety.

Around 5:50 p.m. Saturday, October 7, officers from Gladstone Public Safety were called to a Gladstone residence for a report of an unresponsive 15-month-old child.

Once officers arrived, they performed CPR on the child.

The child was transported to OSF St. Francis Emergency Room by Rampart EMS where the child was pronounced dead.

The case is ongoing, and the report has been forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.

No other information is available at this time, but an arraignment is expected to take place in Delta County District Court this morning.

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