Police scene at N. Michigan

A 1-year-old boy is dead, and a suspect was arrested following an incident in Saginaw County's Carrollton Township on Wednesday.

Police have ruled the incident an apparent homicide.

Police were called to the 2800 block of N. Michigan, near Weiss about 8:30 p.m. after the child’s mother called 911 to report the boy was in medical distress, Carrollton Township Police Chief Craig Oatten told TV5.

"I was hoping it was an accident. As soon as I seen them bring him out of the house and all the police, they had their weapons drawn," said neighbor Amanda Lutz.

The live-in boyfriend of the mother was taken into custody, Oatten said he is not the biological father of the boy.

"I seen her boyfriend being arrested in there," Lutz said. 

Lutz add, "You're a psychopath or you're just mean so bye-bye. You're not going to do it to nobody else are ya? You're going to have a chance. You know you ended a life and you don't have no more either, that's it." 

She said the mother of the child lost it when she found out that her child was gone. 

"She walked out, she dropped down and was hysterical, and started yelling. I think the paramedics were in there for awhile trying to save him, maybe an hour. And my reaction, I did the same thing. I screamed, I felt like I was dreaming. I'm like did you say what I think she said and that's what she said," Lutz said. 

Two other children were also in the home, a 4-year-old boy and 8-year-old boy. They were taken to the hospital for a physical exam and observation.

The suspect was lodged at the Saginaw County Jail on a charge of open murder.

There is a possibility the mother could also be charged, according to assistant prosecutor Mark Gaertner.

Oatten said the family had moved into the rental home sometime in June, and it’s unclear if they’ve lived in the area for a while.

The cause of death has not been released, although autopsy results are in.

TV5 will update once we learn more.

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