“Alyce was asked if she felt her actions had caused all of the injuries to the baby,” the document states. “She responded that she did.”
Eighty-fifth District Court Judge John Mead denied Morales’ bond during Thursday’s arraignment and she remains in Benzie County’s jail.
Prosecutor Sara Swanson said Mead was concerned the Illinois resident was a flight risk. She said the open homicide charge — which carries a maximum life imprisonment penalty — could be changed as the investigation proceeds.
“Open murder means that once the case goes to jury they can decide between first- and second-degree,” she said, elaborating that the difference between first- and second-degree homicide is premeditation. “At this point it’s just so early, I guess I want a little more information before I decide.”
Morales was arraigned on Thursday and a judge ordered she be held behind bars sans bail.