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Man Accused Of Killing Infant Daughter Returns To Court

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A Lansing district court judge on Tuesday agreed to waive a murder suspect's right to have a preliminary examination within 14 days of his arraignment.

John Sanders, 37, faces felony charges of open murder and first degree child abuse in connection with the death of his 3-month-old daughter, Ja'Nayjah Sanders. Police say Ja'Nayjah died January 4, after suffering "serious internal injuries."

Family members from both sides of the baby's family were present at Tuesday's pre-exam conference. Sanders' mother says she's from Mississippi, and never got to see Ja'Nayjah during her short time on earth. She also says she has not been able to see or talk to her son. The child's mother was not yet ready to make a public statement, and said she is still having a hard time coping with her loss.

Court officials said Ja'Nayjah's autopsy report has not yet been completed, but should be finished by the end of the month. Once that report is finalized, Sanders' lawyer says he plans to hire a medical expert for further review.

Court officials said Sanders will return to court in late January.

Neighbors of Sanders recently spoke out, saying they can't understand why such a tragedy would happen.

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