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Police: Stepmother charged with murder, child abuse in death of 3-year-old

Kate George (Photo from the Van Buren County Sheriff's Office)

ALMENA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A 31-year-old woman has been charged in the death of her 3-year-old stepdaughter in Van Buren County.

Kate George was arraigned Wednesday on charges of felony murder and first-degree child abuse, according to Michigan State Police.

Officials were called to a home on 40th Avenue in Almena Township on Tuesday for a report that the child was not breathing.  State police say in a release they later determined that the girl was with George when she was found unresponsive.

An autopsy for the girl was scheduled Wednesday.  Her name was not released.

Two other children who were living in the home have been removed by Child Protective Services and are “in good health,” police said.

The case remains under investigation.

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  • C

    What in hell is going on? There seems to be a true sickness of child abuse going on in this country. One person, two people, black, white. It makes no difference. I truly wish that the state had the death penalty for those that are guilty, and that the killers receive as much pain as they caused prior to their execution as possible.

  • Mike

    The sad part is. The ones that know this is going on but choose to turn their head. In fear of tarnishing their family name. Parents Grandparents You know if your child or grandchild is capable or just to drugged out to raise a child. Druggies & kids are like alcoholics & cars just a matter of time something bad is going to happen.

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