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Death of Eaton Rapids woman charged with sexual assault still under investigation

10-23-2012 Michigan:

An Eaton Rapids woman charged with sexually assaulting two boys at an Ingham County home for children had met with her attorney the same day she died unexpectedly.

Attorney Larry Nolan said he met with 44-year-old Misty Botke on Saturday afternoon, and she seemed to be fine. She died sometime Saturday night.

“My understanding is that they have not assigned a cause of death,” Nolan said. “Until those reports come back, I can’t tell you if she had a heart attack or any other thing.”

Eaton Rapids Police Chief Paul Malewski said today no final determination has been made about how or why Botke died.

Television news reports initially said police believed Botke’s death was a suicide. But those reports did not cite sources.

In an email today, Malewski said it would be “inappropriate” to comment on the manner and cause of death until the county’s medical examiner has made a determination. Eaton County contracts with Sparrow Health System's forensic pathology department for medical examiner services.

An autopsy has been performed and Malewski said that toxicology tests are pending. Those tests can take several weeks to be completed.

Botke was charged Oct. 16 with seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County. Officials said she assaulted two boys over an eight-year period while working at the VFW National Home for Children in Onondaga Township. They were between the ages of 12 and 18, officials said. Botke was released last week on a $15,000 bond. ..Source.. by Kevin Grasha

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