Parents who buried infant child plead guilty

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.

JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Two parents accused of burying their dead baby in a field confess, pleading guilty in a case that we’ve been following for months.

6 News had the only camera in the courtroom as Brittani Hill and Timothy Young entered guilty pleas to their charges.

The couple admitted to burying their baby boy in a field in Jackson County, and then taking off for Ohio.

The admission of guilt brought out new details in the mysterious death of their 9-month-old son named Matthew.

Young, Matthew’s father, said in court Tuesday morning that earlier this year he went to check on the boy and found him dead in his crib.

Young was on probation, and says he wanted to stay out of trouble, so he buried Matthew in the back yard.

The boy’s mother, and Young’s girlfriend, Brittani Hill, admits she knew about it and did nothing.

At some point, authorities say the couple moved the baby’s body to a new location.

And months later, Matthew was found buried in a shallow grave behind a home in Waterloo Township.

Young and Hill were found in Dayton, Ohio, and arrested.

In court Tuesday morning, both of them entered guilty pleas.

“It was a great resolution. But I also want to give a lot of credit to the hard work done by our detectives at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department,” said Prosecuting Attorney Jerry Jarzynka.

Jarzynka said investigators could not determine exactly how the child died so a plea agreement was reached.

“The cause of death was indeterminable,” Jarzynka said.

All of this is happening as Hill is 9 months pregnant and due this week.

It’s possible she could soon be out on bond to have the baby.

“I know the judge is working with the jail to make appropriate arrangements,” Jarzynka said.

The prosecuting attorney says his office is glad this case is coming to a close.

“Any type of homicide case or death case is traumatic, but I think having a baby or a child involved heightens that,” Jarzynka said.

It’s not yet known what will happen to Hill’s newborn once she delivers.

But officials are working to make sure she is not in custody when she gives birth or the county would end up footing the bill.

Meanwhile, both Hill and Young are due back in court in January for sentencing.


JACKSON, Mich (WLNS) – The parents who were charged with burying the body of their infant son have pleaded guilty.

Brittani Hill and Timothy Young were in court this morning to enter their pleas.

They both pleaded guilty to concealing the death of an individual and removing a dead body without Medical Examiner permission.

Concealing a death carries a maximum of five years in prison and removing a dead body without permission has a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

They admitted that they found the 9-month-old child dead in its crib and then burying the body in a nearby field.

The two will be sentenced on January 12.

Another factor has entered the situation: Brittani Hill is pregnant and is due to deliver her baby in three days.

The judge today told her that he will work with the jail so she doesn’t have to have the baby in jail and she could be released on bond.

No bond was set for Young.

The baby boy was found last July, buried behind a home in Waterloo Township.

Hill and Young were found living in Dayton, Ohio.

Since then, police have been able to determine that the child was 9 months old and could have been buried there since February.

But there is lots of mystery surrounding this case.

Investigators still don’t know how the baby died or who’s responsible.

6 News Jackson bureau reporter Aaron Dimick was in the courtroom today and will update this story online and on 6 News

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