Bond reduction granted for man charged in child's death

Brandon Hobbs and Erica Reschke of Cassopolis, Michigan, have been charged in the death of a 10-year-old girl in Elkhart in June. 

ELKHART — A trial date has been set for a Michigan couple suspected of allowing a child with special needs to ingest meth, possibly contributing to her death.

Erica Reschke, 30, and Brandon Hobbs, 34, both of Cassopolis, Michigan, face charges related to the death of a 10-year-old girl in June.

They were given a May 6 trial date during their initial hearing in front of a court magistrate.

Reschke is charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Level 1 felony, and a count of neglect of a dependent as a Level 6 felony. She could be sentenced to a maximum of 42-and-a-half years in prison if convicted of all three counts. 

Hobbs is charged with two counts of neglect as a Level 6 felony. He faces a sentence of up to two-and-a-half years if found guilty.

Warrants for their arrest were issued Feb. 7 after authorities investigated the 10-year-old's death.

According to information released Thursday from Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker:

Elkhart police responded to a home where the girl was pronounced dead, initially believed to be from natural causes.

Autopsy findings suggested the girl died due to bowel obstruction and internal complications.

But toxicology analysis of her blood showed high levels of methamphetamine in her system, which could not be ruled out as a contributing cause in her death.

An investigation by the Elkhart County Homicide Unit found that Reschke and Hobbs brought the child and her 9-year-old sibling to a home in Elkhart County for the evening.

Both children had special needs, requiring intensive supervision by caregivers.

Investigators learned that the 10-year-old girl had apparently ingested meth, which was allegedly brought to the home by Reschke.

Both children could have had access to the drug in the home, according to Becker.

Reschke and Hobbs were both arrested the week after charges were filed.

Reschke was booked in the Elkhart County Correctional Facility on $150,000 bond and Hobbs was booked on $50,000 bond.

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