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Man charged in death of baby

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

A Ramsey man is being held without bail in Fayette County Jail after being charged with hitting a female and causing the death of her unborn child.

Fayette County States Attorney Stephen Friedel has charged Michael E. York, 28, with intentional homicide of a child, a major felony punishable by up to 60 years in prison, and aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony that carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

The charges filed last Thursday stem from an incident in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 29, at a rural Ramsey residence that York shared with Krystal Heggie.

In a petition that Friedel filed as part of his argument to deny bail for York, the states attorney stated that an ambulance was called to their residence on Oct. 29, and that Heggie was found to have sustained severe injuries.

Heggie was taken to Fayette County Hospital and then transported to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, where she delivered her baby the next day.

Friedels petition states that the baby died as a result of oxygen deprivation when the umbilical cord was ruptured during the pregnancy.

The petition states that York admitted to hitting Heggie after she scolded him for being out late and drinking.

In addition to including the allegations against York, Friedel states in the petition that York has a criminal history that includes aggravated criminal sexual abuse, felony criminal damage to property, battery and domestic battery.

York is being represented by Fayette County Public Defender Ed Potter.