Probable cause hearing held for L'Anse woman facing murder charge

L'ANSE, Mich. (WLUC) - A probable cause hearing was held Tuesday at Baraga District Court for Genevieve Meyers, the L'Anse woman accused of murdering a toddler in December of 2017.

In December of 2017, Genevieve Meyers was made the legal guardian of her two year old nephew Walker Meyers. On December 23, 2017, she brought the child to Baraga County Medical Hospital with several bruises. The child was airlifted to the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee where he died later that night. The autopsy from that night stated that the bruises the child sustained were the result of abuse and the death was ruled a homicide.

"The child was physically abused and he died because of it," said Dr. Hillary Petska, a child abuse specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
"You can say that with a reasonable degree of medical certainty?" asked Baraga County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph O’Leary.
“I can," Petska answered.

The defense argued that the child had a history of self-harm corroborated by a Dr. Beatty; to which Dr. Petska pointed out that the there was no way the injuries could have been the result of self-harm.

"He had bruising over almost every surface of his body,” said Dr. Petska. “He had patterned bruising in several locations as well."

Jill Roberts, the ex-girlfriend of Meyers says that the alleged self-harm the child practiced were nothing out of the ordinary for toddlers she has seen before, simply tantrums.

"Did you ever see walker do anything that would cause the types of bruising and injuries you saw on him that night?” asked O’Leary.
"No, I did not," Roberts answered.

Meyers made claims of self-harm to State Trooper Patricia Butler, who responded the night of the December 23. Butler pointed out that the story was constantly changing.

"It seemed very inconsistent that she really didn't know what happened a short time before they brought him into the hospital," said Butler.

The defense wrote this off as miscommunication and cited trauma as well as ADHD as the reason for this. The hearing was cut short on Tuesday and will be completed Tuesday February 19, 2019 at 10:30 am.

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