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Jury finds Mount Morris father guilty on all counts in death of 16-month-old son

FLINT – Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said a jury has found a Mount Morris man guilty on all counts related to the 2022 death of his 16-month-old son whose body was found in a ditch in Montrose Township.

Michael Christopher Butler, 41, is convicted of felony murder, first degree child abuse, concealing
the death of an individual and aggravated domestic violence.

According to testimony at trial and the police investigation, on August 25, 2022, a woman saw a man later identified as Butler get out of his vehicle on Dodge Road and place something in the ditch across from her residence. The woman walked across the street to see what had been placed there and discovered a blue blanket with a skull sticking out.

The woman then called 9-1-1 and responding authorities discovered a small body wrapped inside the blanket, which was later identified as Butler’s son, Chaos. It is believed that Chaos had been dead for several weeks when his body was discovered.

An autopsy revealed Chaos had suffered skull fractures that likely occurred around the time of his
death, other fractures to his skull and ribs that had healed, and methamphetamine and cannabis
in his system.

Butler faces a term of life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced.

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