Kalamazoo couple face murder charges in child's death

Murder and first-degree child abuse charges were authorized against Kelly Ballinger, 33, and Matthew Longenecker, 34, in Kalamazoo County District Court Tuesday, July 11. Both charges are felonies punishable by up to life in prison. Investigators learned that Ballinger's 4-year-old daughter had been getting restrained at night for the last two weeks. the girl had been wrapped in blankets to form a swaddle, then wrapped in duct tape. At times her face was covered. She was sent to bed and was unable to move until she was unwrapped the following day. When Ballinger, the victim's mother, found her July 9, her head was still covered.



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