Marshall County Prosecutor Nelson Chipman announced Monday afternoon the Preliminary Autopsy Results for Mercedes Lain, age 10 ½ months. The postmortem examination was performed on Friday morning, August 20, by Dr. Scott A. Wagner, an M.D. and Board-Certified Pathologist, affiliated with the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center, quartered in the Saint Joseph Hospital located in Ft. Wayne. The examination by Dr. Wagner was arranged by Coroner John Grolich. The examination itself lasted approximately two hours.
Several anatomic findings were noted, but are not subject to public release at this time. Dr. Wagner concluded the cause of Mercedes death was: Blunt Force Injuries of the Head. The manner of death was determined a Homicide.
Justin Miller continues to be held in the Marshall County Jail in lieu of posting a $100,000 cash bond. Miller is scheduled for Initial Hearing at 9 am on Tuesday, August 24 in Marshall Superior Court No. 1. He currently faces in Marshall County one count of Neglect of a Dependent resulting in Death, a Level 1 felony. To date, no attorney has appeared for Miller.
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