Sleeping Bear Dunes, for many of us, it's heaven on earth an ideal vacation spot up north. But this morning, a campground near Traverse City is the scene of an alleged murder. A newborn died at the Platte River Campground in Benzie County. Authorities say her 18-year old mother killed the baby. Alyce Morales of Illinois wakes up in a jail cell this morning. Police say she gave birth in a tent at the campground, and then hit the baby with her fist. according to Mlive. Police say Morales admitted to them that she "freaked out" after the birth. authorities say her parents did not know she was pregnant. they say she had been hiding the pregnancy out of fear of disappointment. The baby was born late Monday night. Police say Morales' father found the newborn in the tent a little while later with critical injuries and immediately called 9-1-1. She died the next morning. Authorities say autopsy results show the baby died of blunt-force trauma. According to various newspaper reports, the injuries were to the child's head and abdomen. Morales is being held without bond. State Police troopers are handling the case, but its possible federal authorities could take over, since the camp site is located on federal land.
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