4 Charged in Conspiracy to Abduct, Rape and Murder a Young Child

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Matthew Toole and Talia Furman

LANSING, MI – Four Michigan people have been charged with conspiracy to kidnap and kill a child from a county fair.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that after an in-depth investigation by the Michigan State Police he has charged David Bailey, 37, of Coldwater, formerly of Kalamazoo, Matthew Toole, 32, of Battle Creek, Talia Furman, 32, of Springfield, and Jayme LaPointe, 19, of Athens, for their roles in a conspiracy to kidnap a young child at a local county fair, subdue the child and then torture and sexually assault the child until their death and then dispose of the body.

Schuette charged each with three counts of:

  • Conspiracy to Commit Murder (punishable by up to life in prison);
  • Conspiracy to Commit Kidnapping (punishable by up to life in prison); and
  • Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Sexual Conduct 1st Degree (punishable by up to life in prison).

The defendants are now all in custody of law enforcement after being apprehended by the Michigan State Police and are awaiting arraignment on these charges in 3-A District Court in Coldwater, in Branch County.

In early August Matthew Toole and his girlfriend, Talia Furman, were charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, child abuse, sexually abusive activity and possession of child sexually abusive material.

Michigan State Police said the couple are accused of sexually assaulting a three-month-old girl and 3-year-old boy multiple times between October and February. Troopers began their investigation in May after receiving a tip. The assaults are alleged to have occurred in Springfield and at a campground in Marcellus.

Troopers said they have seized pictures and videos which show the assaults as well as other child pornography. Investigators are trying to determine if there are more victims. The couple was ordered held on $500,000 bail.