Judge orders parents to trial in baby's 'horrific' death

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  • Judge orders parents to trial in baby's 'horrific' death
    Tatiana Fusari reacts near her defense attorney, Damian Nunzio, during her probable-cause hearing at 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged Monday with felony murder and first-degree child abuse after their daughter, Mary, was found unresponsive in their Solon Township home. An autopsy determined the cause of death as malnutrition and dehydration due to neglect by adult caregivers. (Cory Morse /The Grand Rapids Press via AP) less
    Tatiana Fusari reacts near her defense attorney, Damian Nunzio, during her probable-cause hearing at 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged ... more
    Photo: Cory Morse, AP
  • Seth Welch reacts while listening to his 911 call during his probable-cause hearing at 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged Monday with felony murder and first-degree child abuse after their daughter, Mary, was found unresponsive in their Solon Township home. An autopsy determined the cause of death as malnutrition and dehydration due to neglect by adult caregivers. (Cory Morse /The Grand Rapids Press via AP) less
    Seth Welch reacts while listening to his 911 call during his probable-cause hearing at 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged Monday with felony ... more
    Photo: Cory Morse | MLive.com, AP
  • Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Kimberly Richardson speaks during the probable-cause hearing for Seth Welch and his wife, Tatiana Fusari, at 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. The couple were charged Monday with felony murder and first-degree child abuse after their daughter, Mary, was found unresponsive in their Solon Township home. An autopsy determined the cause of death as malnutrition and dehydration due to neglect by adult caregivers. (Cory Morse /The Grand Rapids Press via AP) less
    Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Kimberly Richardson speaks during the probable-cause hearing for Seth Welch and his wife, Tatiana Fusari, at 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. ... more
    Photo: Cory Morse | MLive.com, AP
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Tatiana Fusari reacts near her defense attorney, Damian Nunzio, during her probable-cause hearing at 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged Monday with felony murder and first-degree child abuse after their daughter, Mary, was found unresponsive in their Solon Township home. An autopsy determined the cause of death as malnutrition and dehydration due to neglect by adult caregivers. (Cory Morse /The Grand Rapids Press via AP) less
Tatiana Fusari reacts near her defense attorney, Damian Nunzio, during her probable-cause hearing at 63rd District Court in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged ... more
Photo: Cory Morse, AP

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge who says she was shocked by the "callousness" of a father when he reported the death of his malnourished 10-month-old daughter has ordered both parents to be tried for murder.

Seth Welch and Tatiana Fusari were charged in August with murder and first-degree child abuse after their daughter, Mary, was found unresponsive in their Solon Township home. An autopsy found she died of malnutrition and dehydration due to neglect. Mary weighed only eight pounds (3.63 kilograms).

Judge Sara Smolenski on Wednesday ordered Welch and Fusari to stand trial.

Defense lawyers argued that the parents thought their child was skinny, but not sickly and didn't intentionally or knowingly cause harm. Smolenski says the damage was obvious and that the girl's death "is as horrific as it gets."

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