Former MU student pleads guilty

By David Fenker

After more than two years in jail, a former Manchester University student will forego a trial and be sentenced on a charge stemming from the death of her child this month.

Mikayla Munn, 24, of Elkhart, pleaded guilty to one count of neglect of a dependent, level three felony, in a hearing Monday, June 4. The plea agreement drops a charge of murder and neglect of a dependent, level one felony.

She faces up to 16 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.

The charges stem from a March 2016 incident at MU. Around 11:30 p.m. March 8, 2016, North Manchester Police dispatch received a 911 call from Munn, who lived in university housing at the time. When first responders arrived at Munn's room, they found Munn and an infant boy in a bath tub. The infant was not breathing.

Both were transported to a local hospital, where the infant was pronounced dead.

Due to inconsistent information in the evidence, Indiana State Police Det. Josh Maller and North Manchester Police Det. Sgt. Jon Pace began an investigation into the infant’s death, resulting in Munn's arrest Monday, May 2, 2016, on charges of murder and neglect of a dependent.

The guilty plea comes after several reschedulings of Munn's trial.

Posted on 2018 Jun 12