Judge denies bond for dad charged in baby’s bathtub death

Muskegon County
JUSTIN DOUGLAS SMUTZ mug shot 060116_218741

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A father charged with murdering his infant daughter will remain in the Muskegon County Jail.

A judge Thursday ordered Justin Smutz to be held without bond after the 32-year-old man was formally charged with open murder and second-degree child abuse in the death of 1-year-old Adalynn Smutz.

Police say Adalynn died May 25 inside a Muskegon home after being left alone with her 2-year-old sibling in a bathtub filled with water.

A witness told 24 Hour News 8 police showed up at the home in the 1200 block of Spring Street around 8 p.m. He said paramedics tried to revive the baby girl but she died.

The day before she died, Smutz’s son was found wandering the streets. Police say it took 45 minutes to find his dad. Neighbors say it was the second time that day a child got out of the house unsupervised.

Children’s Protective Services had received complaints that Adalynn was being neglected, 24 Hour News 8 has learned. The Office of Children’s Ombudsman, a watchdog that monitors CPS, is investigating how CPS handled those complaints and caseworkers’ actions prior to the death.

Smutz is also charged as a second-time habitual offender, which could lead to a longer prison sentence if he’s convicted. Smutz’s next court hearing is scheduled for June 16.

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