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Montrose Twp. man charged with murder, child abuse in infant son's death

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(10/24/12) - Police and prosecutors say an autopsy shows 3-month-old Andrew Wagner died from blunt force trauma to the head.

"This is a tragic scenario that we have seen far too often in our community," says Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

Leyton has charged the baby's father, 23-year-old Jeramy Wagner, with felony murder, first degree child abuse and second degree child abuse.

The infant died October 15.  Wagner was arrested Saturday after about a three hour standoff with police.  He was charged Wednesday.

"I can't imagine how any three month old could inflict blunt head trauma on himself," Leyton says.  "It had to be the individual who was watching the child."

Prosecutors and police say Wagner was the one watching him the morning he died.

Montrose Township Police were called to the home then because the baby wasn't breathing.  The infant was pronounced dead at Hurley Medical a short time later.

The detective seeking charges said, in court Wednesday, Wagner admitted spanking or slapping his son because he was fussy and wouldn't take a bottle.

The baby's mother, Wagner's live-in girlfriend, was performing CPR when police and medical personnel arrived, according to police.

Neighbor Linda Nicholas says she watched from her driveway after noticing ambulances at the home.

"I saw the EMT rush around the back of the ambulance with a baby across his arm, dangling," Nicholas says.  "I was sure it didn't look like it was alive."

Nicholas says she was surprised to see police return Saturday.

Police say Wagner claimed to be suicidal and barricaded himself inside of his home at Riverside Mobile Home Park.

"I never seen anything, you know, with those two, any kind of problem like that," says Neighbor Dominga Luna.

She says she saw something posted online about the baby possibly passing away from sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.

"I have five (children) myself and 11 grandchildren and a son who passed away from SIDS," Luna says.  "I felt sorry for them."

"Key evidence in this case is the anticipated testimony of the medical examiner who determined the cause of death was blunt force head trauma," Leyton says.

Another child in the home was removed by state child protective services.

Wagner is in the Genesee County Jail and being held without bond for the murder charge.

Bond was set at $500,000 for each of the two child abuse charges.

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