Children's home worker facing sex charges dies

A Lansing-area woman, charged with criminal sexual conduct following allegations that minors at a VFW National Home for Children were abused, has died.
AP Wire
Oct 22, 2012


Eaton Rapids Police Chief Paul Malewski said officers responded Saturday night to a call of a woman in distress and she died despite life-saving measures. Malewski said a cause of death for Misty Botke wasn't immediately known.

The 44-year-old Botke was arraigned last Tuesday in Mason District Court. She pleaded not guilty.

Two people told authorities they were assaulted from 1998 to 2006 at the VFW home in Eaton Rapids. Ingham County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lisa McCormick said charges will be dismissed.

Botke's lawyer, Lawrence Nolan, said an autopsy was performed Monday and toxicology tests ordered to determine a cause of death.


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