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Father: Suspect in 2-year-old's death being charged with murder

Charges filed in death of Kayden Blackmer
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Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 08:42:45-04

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — Nearly two months after a 2-year-old boy died from serious injuries, a suspect in the case is being charged with murder.

Kayden Blackmer died on May 11, two days after being taken to the hospital.

On Thursday, the Allegan County Prosecutor announced criminal charges of 1st degree child abuse and felony murder against the suspect. Kayden's father David Holmes says the charges are connected to his son's death.

The Prosecutor's Office did not identify the case, or the suspect in a release.

Kayden's death sparked an investigation, which led to child abuse charges against Joshua Martin for injuries to Kayden's sister. Court records made public Friday morning show Martin facing murder and 1st degree child abuse charges. Kayden's father tells FOX 17 those charges are the ones announced by the Prosecutor's Office.

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An undated mugshot of Joshua Martin. Courtesy Allegan County Jail.

Martin was scheduled to have a probable cause conference Thursday in that case, but according to the District Court Clerk, that appearance was pushed to August.