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Livonia father charged with infant's homicide

Police say man claims he fell down stairs while holding infant

LIVONIA, Mich. – A 33-year-old Livonia man is charged with felony murder and child abuse in the death of his 10-week-old child.

Livonia police say they were called Monday, Sept. 21 to a home in the 38000 block of Summers for the report of an unresponsive infant child. Police said officers were told that while he was holding the baby the father fell down a flight of stairs in the home.

The infant was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The baby died from injuries the next day.

Police say a medical assessment of the infant's injuries and preliminary results of the autopsy revealed the infant was murdered.

Mark Patrick Hontz is charged with felony murder and first degree child abuse. He also faces a habitual offender charge. He has been arraigned and is being held without bond. His preliminary examination is scheduled for Oct. 15 in the 16th District Court in Livonia.