Open murder charges sought after Battle Creek infant’s death

Posted at 5:29 PM, Aug 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-11 17:29:50-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A 25-year-old man is facing open murder charges after the death of a 7-week-old child.

Manuel Hernandez was initially charged with child abuse after a June 25 incident at a Douglas Street home.

However, Isabella Smith was taken off life support Thursday and died at a Kalamazoo hospital and officials are now seeking murder charges.  Investigators say Smith suffered a severe head injury in the incident.

Hernandez was caring for Isabella while her mother was working.