EATON RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Lansing-area woman who was charged with criminal sexual conduct following allegations that minors at a VFW National Home for Children were abused has died.
Eaton Rapids police Chief Paul Malewski says his department responded Saturday night to a call of a woman in distress and she died despite life-saving measures. Malewski says a cause of death for Misty Botke wasn't immediately known.
The 44-year-old Botke was arraigned last Tuesday in Mason District Court. She pleaded not guilty and was freed on a $15,000 bail.
Two people told authorities they were assaulted from 1998 to 2006 at the VFW home in Eaton Rapids, south of Lansing. Ingham County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lisa McCormick says charges will be dismissed.
A message seeking comment was left Monday for Botke's lawyer.