Man faces trial in connection with daughter's drowning death - WNEM TV 5

Man faces trial in connection with daughter's drowning death

Posted: Updated:
Stock photo Stock photo
MUSKEGON, MI (AP) -

A judge has ordered a trial for a Muskegon man charged with murder and child abuse in the drowning death of his 14-month-old daughter.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports Tuesday that 32-year-old Justin Smutz waived his preliminary examination scheduled for Thursday. A judge bound over Smutz for trial on charges of open murder and second-degree child abuse.

Authorities say Adalynn Smutz died May 25 after being left unattended in a bathtub with a two-year-old boy identified as Smutz's son. Investigators say Smutz told them he placed the children in about 10 inches of water and went outside to get a cigarette.

Police say Smutz told them he returned and attempted to revive Adalynn and called 911.

Defense attorney Joseph Fisher didn't immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

Copyright 2016 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.