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Newaygo man pleads not guilty to murder and child abuse

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Tim Evanson via Wikimedia | CC BY 3.0

A western Michigan man has pleaded not guilty to murder and child abuse charges in the death of his 14-month-old stepdaughter.

Twenty-nine-year-old Wayne Arthur-Scott Brown of Newaygo was arraigned on the charges Friday in Newaygo County District Court.

Laylah Heether died Tuesday after being hospitalized for a week. She had been found unresponsive at home with Brown.

Investigators say she died of injuries associated with child abuse.