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Trial date set for suspect in death of four-month-old girl

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Bryan Alexander Michel (Courtesy: St. Joseph County Police) Bryan Alexander Michel (Courtesy: St. Joseph County Police)
SOUTH BEND - A South Bend man charged in relation to the death of his four-month-old daughter appeared in court Tuesday.

Bryan Alexander Michel, 22, is charged with Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death for the death of Halo Stutzman. Police responded to a 911 call on July 10 reporting that Stutzman was not breathing in a residence on the 1400 block of E. Dubail St., where court documents say Michel was looking after Stutzman and two other children. Stutzman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she died on July 12.

The St. Joseph County Coroner's office says the four-month-old of South Bend died from cranial cerebral trauma. Once that was determined, Stutzman's death was treated as a homicide. The Saint Joe County Metro Homicide Unit took over investigating the case. If Michel is convicted and found guilty in the death of baby Halo, he could face a minimum of 20 years behind bars. 

Michel is scheduled to next be in court on Oct. 22 for his record date. His trial is set to start on Nov. 12. 

The full criminal affidavit for this case can be viewed here.

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