JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. (WDTN) – Brittani Hill, the mother accused of burying her deceased son in her Jackson County, Michigan backyard, has been arraigned in Jackson District Court.
NBC affiliate WILX reported that Hill gave short responses throughout her arraignment as Jackson County Prosecutors charged her with concealing the death of her son, Michael Hill. That is a felony charge in Michigan. Hill also faces a misdemeanor charge of removing his body without a medical examiner’s permission.
If convicted, Hill could face up to five years in prison on the felony charge and up to one year on the misdemeanor
Prosecutors asked for $1 million bond, saying Hill has no ties to the community. They also note that she moved several times since February of 2016, when they believe the incident happened.
“Since February when this incident occurred, the Defendant has lived in Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, back in Michigan and back to Ohio,” Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jeremiah Smith said. “With that Judge, we’re of the understanding that she has no familial ties in the community.”
Jackson County Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka told the Judge that hill is nearly six months pregnant with her second child.
“I have not seen a case like this before,” Jarzynka said. “It’s really unusual.”
“But at the same time, you know, it’s very sad and tragic.”
Prosecutors say they still have questions about how the child died and the way the parents reacted after his death.
“On top of that Judge, another major concern for us is the fact that the circumstances as we understand them at the time of this young child’s death, stories were concocted to people here in Michigan, the folks that she was living with, as to why that child was not going to be moving with her to Ohio, false stories, Smith said”
Prosecutors say those stories prompted an anonymous source to tip off police in the first place.
Prosecutors say more charges could be pending if additional evidence is found throughout the investigation.
Hill does not have a criminal record.
The Judge has ordered Hill not to have contact with the child’s father, 24-year-old Timothy Young.
Young appeared in a Dayton courtroom on Monday on unrelated charges. Court officials say he violated probation that stemmed from a felony weapons charge in 2014. He’s due back in court on October 31st in Montgomery County, he could face up to 18 months in prison. Court officials say between now and Young’s next court appearance, he could be extradited to Jackson County, MI to deal with his deceased son’s case.
Detectives believe the 22-year-old’s son died at 9-months-old.
Dayton Police used information from an anonymous tip to lead authorities in Jackson County, Michigan to the body of the dead infant.
The baby boy’s body was found in Waterloo Township in Jackson County, Michigan.
After tracking down Hill and Smith, the couple reportedly confessed they had buried their baby at their Michigan home. They claim the baby choked and died.
2 NEWS reached out to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for an update on the case. We were told anthropologists from Michigan State were brought in to help determine whether or not the case can be ruled a homicide.
We will continue to follow this developing story for you.