BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - A man is in the Calhoun County Jail, accused in the death of his girlfriend's 17-month-old child.
DePaul Martell Brown, in his early 20s, faces an open murder charge.
Battle Creek police received a call around 5:30 p.m. Thursday from the child's babysitter who said Jaleah Boyd was unresponsive at the child's parents' apartment in the 900 block of North Avenue.
The babysitter was watching Jaleah and Jaleah's three siblings, ages 7, 5 and 3. Jaleah's parents were not there when police arrived, as they were visiting friends at the time.
An ambulance crew arrived at the scene but could not revive Jaleah.
Battle Creek Police Sgt. Jim Martens told 24 Hour News 8 Jaleah had elaborate bruising around her neck. Autopsy results are pending.
Jaleah's mother, the babysitter and Brown were later interviewed at the scene Thursday night. The investigation later showed Brown was allegedly connected to the death. He was taken into custody. He is scheduled for arraignment on Saturday.
The Battle Creek Police Department continues to investigate.
Brown's criminal background contains a May 2007 case in in juvenile court in Calhoun County for assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer and malicious destruction of a building $200 or less.
In December 2007, he pleaded guilty to assaulting/resisting/obstructing a police officer in Calhoun County Circuit Court. He wasn't sentenced in this case until 2010, at which point he received 14 to 24 months in prison.
In August 2008, he pleaded no contest in Calhoun County Circuit Court to two counts of felony assault with a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced in 2010 to 20 months to 48 months, but this sentence was to run concurrent with his other sentences.
He served time in prison from Feb. 26, 2010 to April 13, 2013 when he was "discharged," not paroled.
He has never had a driver's license in Michigan.
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