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Four W. Michigan residents to be charged in child abduction, rape scheme

Four people from West Michigan are now in custody following the investigation of a scheme to abduct, rape and murder a young child, the Michigan Attorney General’s office said. (WWMT/MGN Graphics)

Four people from West Michigan are now in custody following the investigation of a scheme to abduct, rape and murder a young child, the Michigan Attorney General’s office said today.

David Bailey, 37, of Coldwater, formerly of Kalamazoo, Matthew Toole, 32, of Battle Creek, Talia Furman, 32, of Springfield, and Jayme LaPointe, 19, of Athens, were all apprehended by the Michigan State Police. They are awaiting arraignment.

Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit Detective Sgt. Gerald Yott said, "To have all these people netted right here in this one small footprint of a community in Michigan, southwest Michigan, is kind of unheard of."

All four will be charged with conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping and conspiracy to commit criminal sexual conduct first degree. All three are punishable by up to life in prison.

Investigators accused all four of being involved in a conspiracy to kidnap a young child at a local county fair, subdue the child and then torture and sexually assault the child until their death and then dispose of the body.

LaPointe, 19, was arrested in August in connection with what investigators then said appeared to be a child porn ring.

Michigan State Police said in August that they had launched the investigation a month earlier after a tip led them to a Battle Creek-area couple suspected of abusing their children.


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