Woman charged with murder in infant death case

IRON RIVER — An Iron River woman is facing a murder charge in connection to the death of a 3-month-old baby.

The Iron River Police Department says 25-year-old Brittany Lyn Russell was arrested and charged with Felony Murder in relation to the child’s death in late June. Police say the infant was severely injured at a residence in Iron River on June 24th and died on June 27th.

Police say Judge C. Joseph Schwedler released Russell on a personal recognizance bond at her arraignment. They add that the victim’s mother, who was present for the arraignment, was visibly distraught about the release. She told police that she felt the Judge disregarded the loss of her daughter and considered Russell’s release to be a “slap in her face.”

The Iron River Police Department is being assisted in this case by detectives from the Calumet and Iron Mountain posts of the Michigan State Police.