Emmet County mother charged with murder of infant

An Emmet County woman was charged with murder in the death of her infant daughter.

EMMET COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- An Emmet County mother has been charged with murder in the death of her child.

On Nov. 1, 2016, investigators from the Emmet County Sheriff's Office were called to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey for an infant death.

Isabella Powrozek, born Oct. 6, 2016, was found unresponsive while in the care of her 32-year-old mother Lisa Bryan, according to deputies.

After a long investigation by the sheriff's office, Bryan was arrested on Tuesday.

Court documents say that Bryan changed her statement multiple times when questioned about the morning her daughter died.

Documents also say Bryan admitted to sleeping in a bed with the infant and holding her close to her chest.

Isabella was born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or narcotic withdrawal.

The infant was transferred to Munson Medical Center Traverse City after birth. She was discharged, and died 36 hours later.

In 2011, Bryan was convicted in the drowning death of her 50-day-old daughter in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She was sentenced to four years for second-degree manslaughter but served just over a year in prison.

In Isabella's death, Bryan was charged with second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, obstructing police and habitual offender.

Bryan was arraigned Wednesday.

Sheriff Peter Wallin says cases like Isabella's are tough.

“Unfortunately, a young infant was tragically killed and what will happen now is it will be up to the judicial system to determine the outcome of this case," Wallin said. "Unfortunately a sad thing happened, but it was good work on my deputies to gather all this information, because it took a lot of work to put it all together.”

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