Judge Dismisses Charges in Canton Baby's Death

Thefts from cars in Novi, an armed woman at a Northville restaurant and a search for a Birmingham bank robbery suspect are included in area crime news.

Area Patch sites provided the following reports. In all incidents where an arrest occurred, a charge is merely an accusation and not evidence of guilt.

Plymouth-Canton Patch

Criminal charges against a 20-year-old Canton woman accused of wrapping her stillborn baby in towels and a garbage bag were dismissed Friday, according to the Canton Observer.

The charges alleged that Emily Dunklee, 20, of Canton hid her pregnancy from what defense attorneys described as a strict Catholic family because she did not want her parents to know she was carrying a child. She wrapped the infant in towels and a garbage bag and left it on a deck outside the home she shared with her parents, where her father later discovered the body.

Birmingham Patch

Birmingham Police are working with the FBI to investigate a Friday morning bank robbery at the Comerica Bank on West Maple Road in Birmingham. According to reports from the Birmingham Police Department, a lone suspect entered the bank, located at 1712 West Maple Rd., around 10:05 a.m. wearing a black ski mask and pulled out a hand gun.

The man approached the tellers, police say, and demanded money. After tellers handed over their cash — at least $9,000, police say — the man ran from the bank, headed west along Maple.

Novi Patch

Several items were stolen from cars from Jan. 24-31, according to Novi police reports. Vehicle owners reported the theft of catalytic converters, a student's backpack containing textbooks and papers, and a wallet. 

Northville Patch

Northville Township police dispatched to Rocky's on Seven Mile Road at 7:15 p.m. on Feb. 1 found a woman who was carrying a handgun passed out in the restroom. According to the report, staff members told the officers that restaurant patrons saw the woman's firearm.

The officers entered the restroom and saw the woman leaning over the bathroom counter with her head in one of the sinks. The grip and top of a handgun, which was not holstered, were sticking out of the waistband in the back of her pants, the report said. Officers took the gun without incident.

Debra L. Van Buren February 13, 2013 at 02:12 PM
The Canton baby's death was, in my opinion, probably the result of the woman having overbearing and overly demanding parents. She probably could not bear the thought of what repurcussions would ensue from her very own parents. All too often teenagers and/or children are subject to unreasonable criticism and judgment from their parents. Moreover, some children are punished for not living up to their parent's expectations. Putting too much pressure on them only complicates matters, causes them to endure undue stress, and have behavioral problems, often times extending into their later years. Although I do not justify the woman's behavior, I can understand how she would be capable of such a dispicable act. I do not believe individuals are born "bad." Rather, I feel people in society, including, but not limited to, signifigant others, are conducive to creating monsters, and/or problem people. I believe the appropriate course of action was taken by dismissing charges regarding the death of the Canton woman. Sometimes people need a break in life, or at least a second chance. Nobody is perfect, although some do come close.


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