A Winfield Township teenager will serve a minimum of 12 years in prison for killing her 3-month-old infant son more than a year ago.
Mistie Dawn Moyer, who is now 18 years old, was arraigned last January in Montcalm County’s 64B District Court and charged with homicide-open murder, homicide-felony murder and three counts of first-degree child abuse. The crimes are alleged to have taken place from Nov. 5 to 19, 2018, when Moyer was 17 years old.
Fred LeRoy Wallace III was born Aug. 12, 2018, to Moyer and her boyfriend, Fred LeRoy Wallace Jr. The baby died Nov. 19, 2018, while in Moyer’s care.
According to Montcalm County Prosecutor Andrea Krause, the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide and also found the baby had older injuries, including a broken arm and broken ribs.
Moyer underwent a forensic exam, which took several months. She was found competent to stand trial. She pleaded guilty Oct. 22 to second-degree homicide. Three additional charges of first-degree child abuse, open homicide and first-degree homicide were dismissed in exchange for her plea.
Moyer was sentenced Dec. 19 by 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Suzanne Kreeger to from 12 years to 40 years prison with credit for 342 days already served in the Montcalm County Jail. Her defense attorney was Randy Norton.
Fred LeRoy Wallace III was born Aug. 12, 2018, to Mistie Moyer and her boyfriend, Fred Wallace Jr. The baby died Nov. 19, 2018, while in Moyer’s care. — Submitted photo
Moyer had no prior criminal history, according to Krause. She did have postpartum depression after giving birth to her son and didn’t have any support from anyone regarding helping her with the baby.
“This was a very tragic case,” Krause told the Daily News. “Loss of life, especially a young baby, is never easy to deal with. The defendant was only 17 when this occurred. She will now be serving a significant amount of her youth in prison. While there were many factors taken into consideration for this plea, it does not excuse the defendant from her actions and the end result.”
According to Fred’s obituary, he was survived by his parents, along with his grandparents, Fred Leroy Wallace Sr., Melissa Smith, Tammy (Derek) Hansen, great-grandparents, Pauline (Kevin) Musgrave and great-great-grandmother, Alfreda Johnson.