31-year-old David Ferris II, the Cadillac man accused of murdering a 19-month-old baby in 2013 will face a habitual offender charge in addition to open murder because of his criminal record.
According to court documents, Ferris was convicted in 2001 for home invasion, larceny, and severely beating his victim. He was convicted again in 2011 for assault and battery, and another severe beating.
Ferris was arraigned on Thursday in Wexford County under open murder charges in the death of 19-month-old Kalla Fisher. Wexford County Prosecutor, Tony Badovinac, says that filing the charges took more than a year because they were waiting on second opinions from the autopsy.
"Because this is a very very serious case we don't take it lightly and we want to be fair with everyone," said Badovinac. "So we spent a considerable amount of time and money investigating it. And whenever there's a death we always like to (not audible) any initial findings with another opinion and it took us a while to get another opinion."
The investigation began in February of 2013 when authorities were called to Ferris' home on Wheeler Street in Cadillac after someone reported that the baby was unresponsive. The baby was taken to Mercy Cadillac Hospital where she later died.
"Autopsy reports are saying that it's a homicide and I don't want to say anything further than that," said Badovinac.
Ferris is being held in the Wexford County Jail and was denied bail.
Kalla's mother, Jesse Fisher, married Ferris just 12 days after the death of her daughter. She recently gave birth to Ferris' child on February 7, 2014.
The Cadillac Police Department says that they do not anticipate anymore arrests.