Woman accused of killing stepson in court

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WLNS) – A woman accused of killing her stepson began her preliminary hearing Wednesday in the District Court in Eaton County.

Elysa Kelemen is charged with one count of open murder. The preliminary examination will finish up in April because, prosecutors say, the medical examiner was out of town.

But once they get through this hearing the judge will decide if the charges should be dropped or if there is enough evidence to send the case to Circuit Court and for Kelemen to face trial.

Elysa Kelemen, 32, is accused of killing her 6-year-old stepson Kyron Kelemen in January. (WLNS)
Elysa Kelemen, 32, is accused of killing her 6-year-old stepson Kyron Kelemen in January. (WLNS)

Law enforcement and prosecutors allege Kelemen, 32, was responsible for the 6-year-old’s death, Kyron Kelemen. He was found Jan. 12 in the Travelodge in Delta Township.

Eaton County Sheriff Department Detective Ted Johnson told the court the woman changed her story in interviews with him.

“Her story just kept changing,” Johnson testified. “She was adding to her story. So, at one point in my interview with her I just told her it was not making sense.”

The detective testified she said her husband had punched the boy, Kyron, in the stomach. She made that statement just days after she was released from the hospital following a suicide attempt. She kept changing which day the alleged gut punch occurred.

Kelemen’s defense attorney said the two accounts aren’t “mutually exclusive.”

In a shift in her story, the detective testified, she later said she had “kneed” the child in the stomach.

Johnson testified to a number of signs of physical harm found on the boy’s body.

Adam Strong: Did he have bruises to his face?

Eaton County Sheriff Department Detective Ted Johnson: Yes sir.

Strong: Bruises to his knees?

Johnson: Yes sir.

Strong: Bruises to his arms and legs?

Johnson: Yes sir.

Strong: Bruise to his hip?

Johnson: Yes sir, and all over his head.[TH1]

Transcript from WLNS 6 News video of preliminary hearing March 13

Eaton County Deputy Chief Prosecuting Attorney Adam Strong in District Court March 13. (WLNS)
Eaton County Deputy Chief Prosecuting Attorney Adam Strong in District Court March 13. (WLNS)

Johnson also testified that Kelemen was unemotional in her initial interview.

“She was not crying after I told her that it was a homicide investigation,” he testified. “And she just wasn’t crying at all. She was emotionless.”

Kelemen’s defense attorney took exception to the testimony.

“Not everybody is going to breakdown in tears and sob over the death of a loved one,” the defense countered.

“I don’t know if I agree that,” Johnson responded. “We’re talking about a 6-year-old boy. I came to tears on that one.”

The preliminary examination will continue April 15 at 1 p.m.

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