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Detroit man charged in death of Inkster infant

The Detroit News

A 22-year-old Detroit man was charged Monday with killing an 8-month-old Inkster girl, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said.

According to authorities, James Lee Saltmarshall was alone with the infant Thursday at a motel in the 2600 block of Michigan while the girl’s mother went to work in the morning.

At 4:23 p.m. that day, Saltmarshall called Inkster police to the motel, where they and firefighters found the infant unresponsive. The girl was taken to a hospital, where she died Sunday.

Authorities allege Saltmarshall killed the child by causing trauma to her head; the infant had evidence of rectal tearing, the prosecutor’s office said.

Saltmarshall is charged with felony murder, first-degree child abuse and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was arraigned before Judge Sabrina Johnson of 22nd District Court.

Bond was set at $2 million and a probable cause conference was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday before Johnson.