‘Convergence of events’ led to child’s death — prosecutor

Michaela Maupin

ESCANABA — Investigation continues into Saturday’s drowning death of a 15-month-old child, whose mother has been charged with murder.

Michaela Denise Maupin, 29, of 3100 Thorntree Dr., No. 20, Gladstone, was arrested on one count of second-degree murder following investigation into the drowning of her daughter in the family’s home Saturday, said Delta County Prosecutor Philip Strom.

“It is alleged that the 15-month-old child drowned after being unsupervised for an unreasonable amount of time in a bathtub with running water,” stated Strom in a news release announcing the Maupin’s arrest.

Maupin was arraigned on the life felony in Delta County District Court on Monday. She remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $1 million cash bond.

Maupin, who requested a court-appointed attorney, is scheduled for a probable cause hearing in district court on Oct. 19 and a preliminary examination in district court on Oct. 26.

According to Gladstone Public Safety, at approximately 5:50 p.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to the report of an unresponsive 15-month-old child at Thorntree Apartments.

Upon arriving at the residence, officers performed CPR on the toddler, who was transported by Rampart Emergency Medical Services to OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital emergency room. The child was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

Gladstone Public Safety Director Ron Robinson said this morning that Maupin was arrested following further investigation into the child’s death.

“We’re still investigating it. It’s an on-going investigation,” Robinson said Tuesday. “We have several officers working continuously on this investigation.”

In addition to Gladstone Public Safety’s on-going investigation, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also conducted an investigation.

Robinson said the police department has also asked for assistance with the case from neighboring agencies. Det. Sgt. Tony LaPlant from Escanaba Public Safety and Det. Sgt. Jeremy Hauswirth from the Gladstone Michigan State Police Post are also involved in the investigation, said Robinson.

According to Strom’s news release, Maupin’s other minor children were removed from the home and a petition has been filed in Delta County Probate Court requesting the court take jurisdiction over the children. Robinson said the other children are two boys.

In Strom’s news release, the prosecutor commented, “Child abuse often is a hidden and silent crime. In this case, a convergence of events led to the death of a child. The alleged evidence in this case will show a wanton and willful disregard for the life of a child.”

Strom added, “The Delta County Prosecutor’s Office and local law enforcement will continue to be vigilant in protecting our children.”

Strom also noted in the news release, “As in all criminal cases, any charges are accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”

Jenny Lancour can be reached at (906) 786-2021, ext. 143, jlancour@dailypress.net