Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said Monday that Audrionna Rhoades, 21, of Shelby Township is charged with child abuse, as well as second-degree murder.
Smith said that Rhoades left her son, James Nelson, buckled to the seat in the van on the morning of Sept. 3, then drove another vehicle to work. He said that 9½ hours later, a roommate noticed James' foot through the window of the van.
The child was freed, but died soon after at a hospital.
Smith said Rhoades was set to be arraigned today in Shelby Township District Court.