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Associated Press • Sep 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Mom charged after 6-month-old son dies in bed with her

LIVONIA (AP) — A Detroit-area woman whose son died after she placed him in bed with her has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The 6-month-old boy died in December 2016. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced charges Monday against Leslie Neuman of Livonia.

Prosecutors said more details would emerge at an Oct. 5 court hearing.

Livonia police Capt. Robert Nenciarini said Neuman's son was wedged between the bed and the wall. He said Neuman told investigators "exactly what happened."

Bond was set at $10,000.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has filed charges in other cases of unsafe sleep practices. She says they can be just as risky as a weapon.

DNR adopts new five-year plan for managing state park system

LANSING (AP) — There is a new five-year strategy for managing Michigan's parks and recreation system.

The Department of Natural Resources said the plan was developed through discussions with other state agencies and groups representing various public interests.

The DNR manages 103 state parks and recreation areas that together occupy more than 300,000 acres. The parks and recreation division also oversees the state's boating program, the state motorized and non-motorized trails system, and 138 state forest campgrounds.

Division chief Ron Olson said the plan will be a compass that guides the division in acquiring, protecting and preserving natural and cultural resources while providing access for recreation and education.

The plan is available online at http://www.michigan.gov/prdstrategicplans.

Charges in 'nightmare' crash that killed mom, hurt twin sons

COURTLAND TWP. (AP) — A man has been charged after fleeing a high-speed crash that killed a woman and critically injured her 5-year-old twin boys in the Grand Rapids area.

Douglas Crystal was arraigned Monday on four charges, including reckless driving that caused a death.

The Kent County Sheriff's Department said 33-year-old Meranda Baguss of Sand Lake was killed Friday night when Crystal's pickup truck smashed into her vehicle at a rural intersection in Courtland Township. Her sons are in critical condition.

Crystal, 36, was in jail on a $500,000 bond.

Judge Sara Smolenski said the fatal crash is "everyone's worst nightmare."

Crystal fled on foot after the crash. Deputies used police dogs and a state helicopter to search for him.

Governor OKs bill to fix ballots after local clerk errors

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation allowing communities to fix ballots where candidates missed the state filing deadline because of incorrect information from local clerks.

Snyder on Monday signed the bill to extend the filing deadline for city office elections in 2017, ensuring mayoral and city council candidates will be on the ballot. The bill had been approved by the Legislature after issues with candidates in at least four communities.

Errors were found in Sault Ste. Marie, Tecumseh, Bessemer and Lake Angelus.

Under the legislation, clerks who give out erroneous dates would be required to undergo training and their municipalities are subject to fines.

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