Gwinn man charged in infant death

Felony murder arraignment held Thursday in Marquette


MARQUETTE — Randy James Tuominen, a 32-year-old Gwinn man, was arraigned in the 96th District Court Thursday upon a count of homicide – felony murder, as well as two counts of first-degree child abuse, according to court documents.

Tuominen, who was arrested Wednesday, was lodged at the Marquette County Jail with his bond originally set at $200,000.

However, after his arraignment Thursday, his bond was raised to $350,000, court documents state.

The three felony charges issued by the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office stem from a month-long investigation into the death of Tuominen’s 4-month-old infant.

The investigation began after emergency personnel were dispatched to an unresponsive infant on the 100 block of Constellation Street in Gwinn around 11 p.m. Sept. 29.

According to police, a joint investigation followed, with a report submitted to the prosecutor’s office for review.

Tuominen was located at his parents’ residence in Ely Township Wednesday evening and was then lodged at the Marquette County Jail without incident, police said.

The agencies assisting in the investigation were the Department of Human Services Child Protection Division and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation remains on-going as of Friday morning, Forsyth Township Chief of Police Gordy Warchock said.

Tuominen is scheduled for a probable cause conference Nov. 21 and a preliminary examination on Dec. 3.