My Heart Breaks… when I read this stuff… ALL those years we were unable to have a child and there are people like this!!! I just don’t understand?? Little Karl
OKEMOS, Michigan — An Okemos woman intentionally suffocated her newborn daughter in an attempt to conceal her pregnancy, a police detective testified.
Melissa 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.
Mitin, 24, is charged with murder in her daughter’s death. The infant was born alive and was a few minutes old when she died, according to a transcript of the two-minute hearing obtained by the State Journal.
Frank Reynolds, Mitin’s attorney, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Police were called to Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital early Dec. 26 after the baby girl was taken to its labor and delivery ward, court records show. She already had died when she arrived at Sparrow.
Authorities later learned Mitin had delivered the child at a home in the 2000 block of Belding Court in Okemos.
Mitin is listed as living at a different Okemos address in court records. Authorities have not disclosed her connection to the Belding Court house.
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.”
Meridian Township police and Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III have refused to comment on the case until a preliminary hearing. That hearing was postponed until June.
Mitin was arrested and arraigned May 12 in 55th District Court on the murder charge. She faces up to life in prison if convicted.