Couple arraigned in death of their child

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A Solon Township couple has been officially charged in the death of their child.

Seth and Tatiana Welch were arraigned Monday afternoon on open murder and child abuse charges in the death of their daughter Mary last week.  The couple faces sentences of life in prison.

The two were arraigned Monday together.  Court documents say that investigators allege the baby girl starved to death.  The couple told police that they didn't seek medical help for the child for religious reasons and for fears of Child Protective Services.

The Probable Cause document says that the couple were aware that Mary was skinny and was low in weight for at least a month before the child died.  They said they didn't trust medical services.  The first officer at the scene remarked in his report the child's eyes and cheeks were sunken in.

We'll have more from court on later editions of FOX 17 News.

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