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Northern Michigan man arrested in death of infant son

Posted at 2:50 PM, Dec 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 12:08:09-05

SPRINGVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A man in northern Michigan has been arrested on several charges in the death of his infant son.

Eight-week-old Xavier Russell was found unresponsive Sept. 28 at a home in Mesick, about 20 miles northwest of Cadillac. Xavier was taken to a hospital where he died shortly after arriving.

An autopsy was performed at Western Michigan University, which determined Xavier died from acute brain and spinal injuries and ruled his death a homicide.

On Thursday, 24-year-old Tyler Russell was arrested Thursday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and first-degree child abuse.

He is facing up to life in prison.