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Mother of 'Baby J' forfeits parental rights to 5 surviving children

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The mother of a 3-year-old who died after her boyfriend allegedly beat him has relinquished parental rights for the rest of her children.

Katie Leuenberger faces first-degree child abuse in the death of Jordan Brown, also known as "Baby J." 

Leuenberger was expected to have a trial this week to determine if her parental rights would be terminated. According to the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office, ahead of that trial she forfeited those rights for her remaining five kids.

An attorney said Leuenberger will no longer be allowed to see the children or know anything about them.

Leuenberger's boyfriend, 26-year-old Tavaris Williams, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree child abuse in the case. 

An autopsy report revealed Baby J died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

"It breaks my heart," said Suzanne Greenberg, head of the CAN Council.

Greenberg said she thinks Leuenberger realized her children would be safer and healthier away from her.

"That was a very tough decision I'm sure as a mom," Greenberg said.

She said these children have a tough road ahead.

"Emotionally these children will be harmed by the fact their mom will not be in their lives. And it's a challenge for children who will not understand why they can't see their mom or they can't be with their mom," Greenberg said.

Greenberg was quick to point out these children have also lost a brother. She is hoping the people of the Great Lakes Bay Region can wrap these kids in their arms in an effort to help them through the most difficult of times.

"These are children, they definitely need our community support and care. And I thank everyone who's done that so far and to know that there are other children in our region who have experienced this. So, it's important that we're all aware that this sort of tragedy has many many victims," Greenberg said.

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