- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - Authorities have exhumed the remains of an 8-month-old boy, decades after he died, following comments by his mother that raised questions about the death, a newspaper reported Sunday.

A coffin was removed from a cemetery in Marshall in October, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported (https://on.freep.com/1tp3OpF). The boy died in 1961.

Det. Steve Hinkley of the Calhoun County sheriff’s department in southwestern Michigan said a homicide investigation has been opened. He’s awaiting results of an autopsy, although it could be very difficult to determine a cause of death because of the condition of the remains.

Hinkley said he interviewed the boy’s mother, who lives in a Kalamazoo nursing home. The boy’s death certificate says he died because of a lack of oxygen due to regurgitation of baby formula.

In interviews with the newspaper, the 77-year-old woman gave conflicting accounts of what happened to her son, first denying any role and then saying she killed him, the Enquirer reported. A daughter said she contacted the sheriff’s department in September after recording a conversation with her mother.

No charges have been filed. The Associated Press is not identifying the woman.

The boy’s father, now 86, was sent to prison in September for criminal sexual conduct in an unrelated matter.


Information from: Battle Creek Enquirer, https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com

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