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Michigan mother charged with murder in suffocation death of newborn baby girl

by | May 21, 2014


By Dave Andrusko

Melissa Mitin (Photo: Courtesy photo via Lansing State (Mich.) Journal)

Melissa Mitin (Photo: Courtesy photo via Lansing State (Mich.) Journal)

Another ghastly story of a baby allegedly murdered shortly after birth.

The Lansing State Journal is reporting that a preliminary hearing for Melissa Mitin–charged in the December death of her newborn—has been moved from tomorrow to June 5th. Mitin, 24, is charged with murder in the death of her daughter which took place the day after Christmas.

The Journal obtained a transcript of a hearing held earlier this month in which police said that Mitin intentionally suffocated her daughter in an attempt to conceal her pregnancy. According to the transcript the baby was born alive and a few minutes old when she died.

Mitin “allegedly had not known about her pregnancy when she delivered the baby at an Okemos home in late December, Meridian Township police Detective Brett Reed testified this month in 55th District Court at a hearing that led to charges being filed,” the Journal’s Lindsay VanHulle reported.

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According to court records, the baby girl was already dead when Mitin arrived at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital early December 26. Police were called and authorities learned that the baby had been delivered at an address different from where Mitin was listed as living.

Van Hulle wrote

“According to court records, Dr. Joyce deJong, Ingham County’s medical examiner, ruled the death a ‘homicide due to a positional asphyxiation or due to a positional cause,’ although she could not determine during autopsy how the baby was suffocated.

“In his testimony, Reed said Mitin had not known about her pregnancy and the baby’s death ‘had been intentional — or intentional acts involved in (an) attempt to conceal this birth.’”

Mitin was arrested and arraigned on the murder charge May 12. According to court records, she is free on a $5,000 bond. If convicted, Mitin faces up to life in prison.

Both Meridian Township police and Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III refused to comment on the case until a preliminary hearing, VanHulle added.

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