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Parents charged in baby’s death

Seth Michael Welch

Tatiana Elena Fusari

The parents of a 10-month-old child who died Thursday, August 2, in Solon Township have been charged with homicide-felony murder and first-degree child abuse.

Seth Michael Welch, 27, and Tatiana Elena Fusari, 27, found their infant daughter Mary unresponsive Thursday and called authorities at 12:06 p.m. to their home at 16509 Algoma Avenue, known by many in the community as Blackacre Farm. The baby was pronounced dead at the scene.

An officer at the scene reported that the baby’s eyes and cheeks were sunken into her head. 

Deputies executed a search warrant for evidence of child abuse/neglect causing the child’s death. The couple told police that they noticed their daughter’s skinny appearance the month prior. Fusari reportedly told police they did not seek medical help because they did not want Child Protective Services called, had a lack of faith and trust in medical services and cited religious reasons.

The parents were taken into custody August 3, after an autopsy revealed the cause of death was ruled as malnutrition/dehydration due to neglect on the part of the adult caregivers. The baby’s death was ruled a homicide, and the Kent County Prosecutor authorized charges on August 5. 

Welch and Fusari were arraigned on Monday, August 6. Bail was denied for both, and they have a probable cause hearing set for August 20 at 63rd District Court at 8:45 a.m.

The couple’s other two children were placed with family members.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Office said they had only responded to the home once before on a matter unrelated to child welfare. 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 616-632-6357 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.


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Man charged in murder of infant

14-month-old, Laylah Heether

14-month-old, Laylah Heether

Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown has been charged in the abuse and murder of his 14-month-old stepdaughter Laylah Heether.

Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown has been charged in the abuse and murder of his 14-month-old stepdaughter Laylah Heether.

The Newaygo County Sheriff Office arrested a man last week and charged him with the abuse and murder of a 14 month old girl.

According to police, deputies were called to a suspected child abuse complaint in Big Prairie Township on February 14. A 14-month-old girl was taken by ambulance to the emergency room for apparent head injuries. The girl, Laylah Heether, succumbed to her injuries on February 21 while in the ICU.

The child’s stepfather, Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown, 29, reportedly told police that Laylah’s mother, Breean, was out running errands, and that Laylah fell off the couch while he was in the kitchen.

However, doctors reported that the child’s injuries were consistent with physical and sexual abuse.

Brown was arrested on February 23 by Newaygo County Sheriff detectives and the Michigan State Police. He was arraigned on February 24 on charges of felony murder and first-degree child abuse.

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