Family investigated after tragedy

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Haven couple who lost their toddler in an accidental drowning last summer are now fighting neglect charges.

Child Protective Services has filed a neglect petition against Sara Huizenga and her partner, Steve Wagasky, because of an injury that their 10-month-old daughter, Eliza, suffered.

Huizenga said the injury happened when she slipped and fell on the icy front steps of her home while holding Eliza.

Doctors said Eliza had a broken leg from the fall and what looked like a head injury that may have occurred in a different incident.

A doctor has already testified in Ottawa County Family Court, where Huizenga and Wagasky’s case is being heard, about finding the outline of a fracture on the back of Eliza’s head.

The doctor said she doesn’t know how or when the fracture happened, but Child Protective Services was required to file the neglect petition because of the seriousness of the injury.

The couple’s lawyer is expected to attack the medical testimony through witnesses at the next hearing on next Friday.

Last June, Huizenga and Wagasky lost their son, Ari, after he wandered away from other children and drowned in a lake near Cadillac.

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