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      Prosecutor: Mother could have prevented son's death

      A Missaukee County woman will be back in court later this month to finish her preliminary hearing in the death of her 14-month-old son.

      A Missaukee County woman will be back in court later this month to finish her preliminary hearing in the death of her 14-month-old son.

      Brittani Grabon was in court Wednesday for the first part of her hearing, but it couldn't be finished because of the number of witnesses who took the stand.

      Grabon is accused of killing her 14-month-old son, Payton.

      Payton's body was taken to Cadillac Mercy Hospital in December, badly beaten, bruised and severely neglected.

      After an autopsy, the cause of death was ruled to be pneumonia with sepsis. Based on the autopsy, prosecutors say Payton's death was the result of a homicide.

      Bleeding was also found around the baby's esophagus.

      County Prosecutor William Donnelly Jr. tells 7&4 News the autopsy shows Grabon could have prevented her son's death but didn't.

      "Basically it comes down to, she was waiting for a 14-month-old to die," said Donnelly.

      She is being charged with one count of felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, and second degree child abuse. She faces life in prison if convicted.

      Grabon will be back in court to finish the preliminary hearing on May 30.