UPDATE: Charges Filed in Connection with Newaygo Baby’s Death

New charges have been filed in connection with 4-month-old Natallya Rich’s death.

Matthew Bradley is now charged with hiding Natallya’s death from police. He was in court today to face a charge of carrying a concealed knife, unrelated to the baby’s death. But the judge took the opportunity to also charge Bradley with a new felony.

Police found Natallya dead inside her White Cloud home Tuesday night. She had been missing since Saturday.

The investigation started Tuesday morning when the baby’s mother, Brittany Rich, told police her daughter was missing.

That night, officers arrested Rich’s fiancee, Matthew Bradley, on an unrelated warrant. Bradley then led police to the family home, where they found Natallya’s body

“He just wouldn’t come home. I kept begging him and begging him just to bring her home,” says Rich. She couldn’t control her emotions in court today, as she watched her fiance being charged with concealing her four month old’s death. “I just want truthful answers. He strung me out through so many lies that I just don’t know what to believe anymore.”

While there’s no way to know how Natallya died yet, Rich thinks the felony isn’t enough.

“I’m feeling that he should of got way more than just that cause. He left her down there like she was nothing. He made me believe that she was somewhere else and obviously he had to of done something,” says Rich.

Bradley’s aunt was in court to support Bradley. She says he adored Natallya

“Matt did love the baby. He changed her, he fed her, he took care of her when Brittany wasn’t around. I won’t say Brittany did anything. I won’t say matt did anything. I just can’t wait till the truth comes out,” says Ruth Byrd.

She’s not accusing anybody yet, and hopes people wait to for the autopsy results to pass judgement.

“It could’ve been an accident and he was scared to tell anybody. He should have, yes, but don’t page him as a murder without knowing exactly what happened. Just give him a chance,” says Byrd.

Natallya’s family has set up a GoFund Me page to help offset funeral costs.

Bradley is due back in court later this month.


A man has been charged with concealing the death of a four-month-old baby girl. 

Baby Natallya Rich went missing on Saturday. Her mother, Brittany Rich, called police on Tuesday. 

State police found her body in the basement of her home in White Cloud Tuesday night. 

According to family members, Brittany’s fiance Matthew Bradley was suppose to take her to a babysitter on Saturday, but never showed up. 

Police found Brittany Rich and Matthew Bradley at a Wendy’s restaurant Tuesday night. 

Bradley was arrested on an unrelated warrant. 

Bradley appeared in front of a circuit court judge Thursday on an unrelated warrant for not showing up to a pretrial back in April.

That was for carrying a concealed knife. 

The prosecutor told the judge he was authorizing an additional felony charge for concealing the death of an individual, which carries a five year sentence. 

Natallya’s mother was at the arraignment.

“He told the deputy she was dead in her car seat in the house, so something had to of happened, but like I keep telling everyone, regardless, he should have called 911, not hid her like she was nothing,” said Brittany Rich. 

This isn’t a murder charge. The prosecutor says the investigation into what caused Natallya’s death continues. 

Northern Michigan’s News Leader has a crew in the courtroom and will bring you the latest updates on air and online.