Four face life in prison after police uncover sick plot to kidnap, assault, and kill random child taken from county fair
Matthew Toole, Talia Furman, Jayme LaPointe, and David Bailey were arrested by authorities after an investigation discovered their heinous plan
Four people from Southwest Michigan have been charged over their plans to kidnap, rape, and kill a child. Michigan State Police say they discovered evidence of a plan from the four to find a random child at a local county fair or in a parking lot of a Walmart or Meijer store. According to the Office of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, the group then intended to torture and sexually assault the child until he or she was dead and then dispose of the body.
USA Today reported the suspects as 32-year-old Matthew Toole of Battle Creek, his 32-year-old girlfriend Talia Furman of Springfield, 19-year-old Jayme LaPointe of Athens, and 37-year-old David Bailey, formerly of Kalamazoo and now of Coldwater.
Detective Sgt. Gerald Yott of the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit stated that the suspects are now in custody, revealing that they collected the evidence against them as part of an investigation involving alleged sexual assault and manufacture of pornography by the group.
Yott said they discovered text messages and chats among the four where they discussed plans to rape and kill a child after kidnapping him or her from a county fair, store parking lot or parade. The group had purportedly planned how to kidnap the victim when there were no cameras around and how they could later dispose of the body and destroy any evidence, with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force stating they thought the four had gotten close to going through with their plan before authorities uncovered their plot.
Speaking about the conversations, which are said to have begun the fall of 2017 and continued into the summer of 2018, Yott said, "It was something they had chatted about and they had met in person to formulate their plan. To our knowledge, they did not execute their plan and there were no child victims." He added that the group met locally because of their similar sexual proclivities, including three-way relationships.
But it wasn't just their plans to kill the child that got them on the authorities' radar. "They committed acts on their own children and were making sexually abusive material," Yott said. "They were all sharing and exploiting their own children and other children."
All four have been charged with the conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit first-degree criminal sexual assault. Toole and Furman are currently waiting for their preliminary examinations in Calhoun County District Court on child abuse and sexual assault while LaPointe is being held in Branch County on similar charges. Bailey is also at Branch County.
If convicted, all four could face a lifetime behind bars.