Nobody is arguing the fact that Cory Fritz got a 14-year-old girl pregnant three years ago.
But what happened to the baby remains a mystery.
During a prepreliminary exam in Tuscola County District Court on Monday (today), Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene said that Fritz, now 26, stated that he was “present during the birth of a baby and goes on to describe what happened at that time.”
Fritz’s attorney, Kevin Rieman, called those allegations “preposterous,” and “flatly untrue.”
According to Fritz’s own statement, he had sexual intercourse with the teen at least five times when he was 22 years old.
“Of course we have information from the victim that it is in excess of that,” said Reene to the courtroom.
“He describes how the baby was ‘taken care of’ and buried in a local wooded area,” said Reene, reading from the witness statement.
Reene also told the courtroom that the witness stated that Fritz had told him that he needed to locate the remains and dispose of them.
In that same statement, “there was also input from (Fritz’s) mother in what needed to be done with the remains,” said Reene.
Rieman said that Fritz realizes the seriousness of the charges and, “he is willing to fight.”
He also argued that Fritz’s bond was too high and not reasonable. He asked that a personal recognizance bond be set, which would allow Fritz to get out of jail without paying bond if he agreed to appear at all court dates and abide by specific guidelines.
“He is not entitled to a personal recognizance bond,” said Kim D. Glaspie, District Court Judge. “Representations about this fetus or child and the disappearance and/or burial is a factor and I think the court should consider that.”
Glaspie did lower the bond to $50,000, or 10 percent cash/surety. Magistrate Steven Sattler had previously set the bond at $100,000 when Fritz was arraigned last Wednesday.
Fritz remains lodged at the Tuscola County Jail and now faces a preliminary exam in District Court on July 6 at 1:30 p.m.