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Battle Creek man pleads not guilty in baby boy's death

Battle Creek Enquirer

Battle Creek – A 29-year-old Michigan man has pleaded not guilty to charges that accuse him of killing his 8-month-old son.

The Battle Creek Enquirer reported over the weekend that Kyle Kregling remains jailed on charges of open murder and first-degree abuse in the death of the boy, Chris Kregling.

At a Friday arraignment, a Calhoun County judge refused defense lawyer Daniel Lehman’s request to free Kregling on bond so he could receive mental-health treatment.

Kregling told police he was changing the diaper on his daughter at his Battle Creek home when his son toppled from a bed. The boy’s mother, Kregling’s fiance, was away at the time.

Kregling called 911 Monday morning. The boy died at hospital Wednesday.

Investigators said they didn’t believe Kregling’s account and a Thursday autopsy also raised doubts the death was accidental.

Open murder offers the possibility of a jury conviction on felony murder or first-degree murder. A conviction on either charge carries a maximum life prison sentence.

Kregling’s next hearing is set for Nov. 23.