Michigan State Police say a trooper found a dehydrated 6-month-old baby at a motel in the western part of the state in the same room with her dead parents.
WOOD-TV reported that a cause of death wasn’t immediately clear and it may take weeks until toxicology results are in.
The trooper discovered the bodies Friday at the Rodeway Inn near Whiteball after responding to a request for a well-being check. Authorities say the baby girl, named Skylah, could have been alone for three days.
Police identified the parents as 26-year-old Jessica Bramer, of Grand Rapids and 28-year-old Christian Reed, of Marne.
Bramer and Reed’s bodies were discovered shortly before noon Friday when a state trooper was sent to the Rodeway Inn on E. Colby Street near US-31 in Whitehall Township for a wellfare check.
Family members told 24 Hour News 8 that the pair and Skylah had been staying at the motel for about a week. Skylah is believed to have been alone in the room for as many as three days. Inn staff refused to answer questions Saturday about whether anyone saw anything or heard the baby crying.
Family members said Bramer and Reed had been in and out of jail. They said Skylah’s grandparents contacted Children’s Protective Services in January, worried about the baby’s safety. CPS could not be immediately reached for comment.