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Man faces murder, child abuse charges in son's death

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Jeramy David Wagner during his arraignment on closed-circuit TV. Jeramy David Wagner during his arraignment on closed-circuit TV.

Authorities in Genesee County have charged a man in connection to the death of his 3-month-old son.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton charged the Montrose Township man on Wednesday in connection to the death last week of the man's newborn son.

"Because we believe we have the evidence that shows he killed his child, it leaves me no alternative but to charge this individual with a life offense, and upon conviction, there would be life without the possibility of parole," said Leyton.

Jeramy David Wagner, 23, is charged with felony murder and first and second-degree child abuse in the death of his 3-month-old son, Andrew Joseph Wagner.

Authorities said on Oct. 15, Montrose Township police responded to a 911 medical call involving an infant in distress. When police arrived at Riverside Mobile Home Park, they found the infant's mother, who was Wagner's live-in girlfriend, administering CPR to the infant. 

Police took over CPR efforts and emergency medical personnel transported the infant by ambulance to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where he was pronounced dead on arrival. 

Investigators said another child in the home was removed by state protective services.

Leyton issued the murder and child abuse charges after autopsy reports by the medical examiner ruled the infant died from blunt force trauma to the head.

"A baby is innocent you know, I don't know what to think really," said Charles Dinnan, who lives in the same park where the child was killed.

This past Saturday, Montrose Township police and other law enforcement were called back to the same residence for reports of a barricaded gunman. After a three-hour standoff, Wagner was apprehended and taken into custody and lodged at the Genesee County Jail.

"This is a tragic scenario that we have seen far too often in our community," said Leyton. "Jeramy Wagner will be tried in a court of law and held accountable for his actions."  

Wagner remains in custody in the county jail and was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in the 67th District Court. He is being held without bond in a separate part of the jail reserved for inmates on suicide watch.

Stay with as we await further details in this case.

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