Alanson Mother Previously Convicted in Death of Daughter Now Accused of Killing Second Infant
An Alanson woman is now charged with murder.
Police say she killed her infant daughter back in November of 2016.
Police have been investigating the death of her daughter, Isabella, for almost two years.
While living in Oklahoma in 2011, Lisa Bryan, then known as Lisa Zillman, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her then 2-month-old daughter Hannah.
Court documents state police and the prosecution say the deaths of Hannah and now Isabella are eerily similar.
“The daughter of Ms. Bryan, she was just shy of being two months old, and based on the investigation they determined it wasn’t an accident,” said Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin.
In November of 2016, almost 2-month-old Isabella was found unresponsive in her Alanson home and pronounced dead at McLaren Hospital.
The cause of death was asphyxiation.
It raised red flags in the eyes of the county’s medical examiner.
“Dr. Hawkins, the county medical examiner, talked to some of my detectives and felt that the death of the infant should be investigated,” explained Sheriff Wallin.
Court documents show that Lisa Bryan had trouble getting her story straight and admitted to investigators that she was “careless” when she went to sleep in the same bed as her infant daughter.
In 2011, Bryan was sentenced to four years in prison for the death of her other daughter, Hannah.
“She was previously convicted of a felony in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the offense of manslaughter involving one of her other children,” explained Sheriff Wallin.
Court documents suggest the deaths of the two daughters are strikingly similar.
Both were around two months old at the time of death, and police believe both were caused by the negligence of Bryan.
Bryan admitted to being on drugs in the 2010 death of her daughter Hannah, and was taking prescription Suboxone at the time of Isabella’s death.
It was an almost two-year long investigation and police believe that justice will finally be brought in the death of Isabella.
“Fortunately, their hard work led to her arrest. We’ll see what happens from here,” said Sheriff Wallin. “It’s in the hands of the courts now, and let justice do its job.
Bryan is being held on a $500,000 cash bond and is expected to be back in court on Jan. 24.
She is facing up to life in prison if convicted.