ALANSON, MI – A northern Michigan woman has been arrested in the murder of her infant daughter and this is not the first child of hers that she is facing charges on.
On Tuesday January 9th, 2018 Deputies from the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lisa Rae Bryan, 32-years-old, of Alanson, on charges of Second Degree Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter, Obstructing Police and Habitual Offender.
The charges stem from an investigation into the death of Bryan’s infant daughter in November of 2016.
On November 1st, 2016, investigators from the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office were called to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey for the report of an infant death.
Isabella Rae Powrozek, who was born on October 6th, 2016, was reportedly found unresponsive while in the care of her mother, Lisa (Powrozek) Bryan. The cause of death was asphyxiation.
Isabella was born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or narcotic withdrawal.
The baby girl was transferred to Munson Medical Center Traverse City after she was born. 36 hours after she was discharged, she would be dead.
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. She was sentenced to four years in prison for the death of that daughter.
Court documents state police and the prosecution say the deaths of Hannah and now Isabella are eerily similar. Both were almost two months old at the time of their deaths. 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.
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.