Open murder charges sought after Battle Creek infant’s death

Manuel Hernandez

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A 25-year-old man is facing open murder charges after the death of a 7-week-old child.

Manuel Hernandez was initially charged with child abuse after a June 25 incident at a Douglas Street home.

However, Isabella Smith was taken off life support Thursday and died at a Kalamazoo hospital and officials are now seeking murder charges.  Investigators say Smith suffered a severe head injury in the incident.

Hernandez was caring for Isabella while her mother was working.

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