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Couple charged with rape of a 3-month-old girl and 3-year-old boy

The couple are accused of sexually assaulting a three-month-old girl and a 3-year-old boy multiple times in Springfield and at a campground in Marcellus.
Credit: Courtesy of the Battle Creek Enquirer
Matthew Toole.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - A man, Matthew Toole, 32, of Battle Creek and his girlfriend, Talia Furman, 32, of Springfield, were arraigned Friday on charges including 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, Detective Sgt. Mike Salmen said Friday. He said 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, Salmen said.

The couple were ordered held on $500,000 and are scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination on Sept. 5.

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