https://wwmt.com/news/local/woman-arrested-on-felony-murder-child-abuse-charges-after-3-year-old-found-not-breathinA Paw Paw woman was arrested on charges of felony murder based on torture and first-degree child abuse in Van Buren County after her three-year-old stepdaughter was discovered dead.
Kate George, 31, was arraigned on Wednesday.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police Paw Paw Post responded to a report of a three-year-old child not breathing.
After further investigation, authorities determined the victim was with George, her stepmother, when she was found unresponsive.
The victim was identified by her family as three-year-old Sophia Ernst-Kuscrea.
The child's grandmother Cindy Ernst told Newschannel 3 Kate George called 911 when Sophia became unresponsive. Ernst said George admitted to placing restraints on Sophia's feet and hands and stuffing socks in her mouth. Ernst said the restraints were removed by the time police arrived and that the child was likely dead for several hours.
State Police said there were two other children in the home and both were removed by Child Protective Services, but both children are in good health.
Ernst said CPS has responded to previous complaints involving George and her husband.
The cause of death has yet to be determined. An autopsy was scheduled Wednesday at WMed.