Autopsy results for 11 month-old Mercedes Lain have led to her death being ruled a homicide.
The autopsy was performed Friday in Fort Wayne, and found that her death was caused by blunt force trauma injuries to the head. The Marshall County Prosecutor’s office released the results Monday afternoon.
Justin Miller, who had been babysitting the child at the time, is charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Level One felony. He has a court appearance scheduled for Tuesday morning. Miller’s bond was set at $100,000 after Lain’s body was found in a wooded area in Starke County.
As Miller goes in front of a judge, the baby’s parents remain in jail — also facing neglect charges.
Lain’s grandmother, Angie Owens, says they tried to get the little girl out of her parents’ house, but the system failed.
ABC-57 News reports several community members have also started an online petition with the hopes of holding Marshall County’s Department of Child Services responsible for negligence in the case.