Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged James Lee Saltmarshall, 22 (DOB: 12/08/94), of Detroit, in connection with the death of an eight-month-old infant. On April 20, 2017 at a hotel in the 2600 block of Michigan, the defendant was alone with his infant girl while the mother went to work in the morning. When the mother left for work, the infant was in good health. At approximately 4:23 p.m. on the same day, the Inkster police were called to the hotel by the defendant and they assisted the Fire Department in taking the unresponsive infant to a local hospital for treatment. It is alleged that the defendant killed the child by causing trauma to her head and rectal tearing was observed on the child. On Sunday, April 23, 2017, the infant expired from her injuries.
This morning the defendant was charged with Felony Murder, Child Abuse - First Degree and Criminal Sexual Conduct - First Degree.* Saltmarshall was arraigned today before 22nd District Court Judge Sabrina Johnson. The probable cause conference is scheduled for April 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Johnson. No preliminary exam date has been scheduled at this time. The defendant received a $2 Million dollar cash/surety bond.
*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.