Woman charged after daughter, 3, found dead in garbage bag

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TAWAS CITY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have charged a Michigan woman with murder days after her 3-year-old daughter’s body was found with multiple stab wounds inside a garbage bag.

Twenty-two-year-old Justine Johnson was arraigned Monday in 81st District Court in Tawas City on one count each of felony murder and first-degree child abuse.

She pleaded not guilty to both charges. Police were called to a residence in Iosco County in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula last Friday after a garbage bag with a human foot protruding from it was found at the home.

Police said the bag contained the body of Johnson’s daughter, Sutton Mosser.

A message seeking comment on the charges was left Tuesday for Johnson’s court-appointed attorney.

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