South Bend baby dies, father charged with neglect

A South Bend baby who was in critical condition died Saturday morning, July 12. Her 22-year-old father was charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Posted on July 12, 2014 at 2:27 p.m.

4-month-old baby who was in critical condition died at 10 a.m. this morning, WSBT reported. The baby’s father, 22-year-old Bryan Michel, has been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, our news partner WNDU reported.

South Bend police were called to the 1400 block of E. Dubail St. around 3 p.m. Thursday, July 10, when a 9-1-1 caller reported a baby not breathing, the South Bend Tribune reported.

Officers and paramedics found 4-month-old Halo Stutzman in critical distress when they arrived, according to court documents posted by WSBT. Responders performed CPR to revive her before rushing the infant to South Bend Memorial Hospital.

Doctors at the hospital said Halo seemed to have traumatic injuries, the Tribune reported. Court documents show Halo had skull fractures, a brain injury and bruises on her body.

The infant’s death was associated with oxygen deprivation to the brain, according to medical personnel. An autopsy is pending.

WSBT reported there were signs of previous abuse, but it is not yet clear what caused Halo’s injuries. Court documents show Michel told officials two different stories about how the baby was hurt.

The Metro Homicide Unit and St. Joseph County Special Victims Unit are handling the investigation, the Tribune reported.

Michel is in St. Joseph County Jail, according to WSBT. His bond is set at $100,000 cash or $1 million corporate surety.


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