La PORTE – The death of a 15-year-old La Porte boy has been ruled a homicide, and prosecutors claim the teen's older brother, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter, battered him.
Michael Kiger “was involved in a disturbance with his biological brother, Tyler Kiger” at a residence in the 2800 west block of CR-450N in Springfield Township just before midnight on June 7, according to the La Porte County Sheriff's Department.
Michael Kiger was found unresponsive the next morning at a residence in La Porte.
On Wednesday, La Porte County Coroner Bob Cutler said an autopsy was conducted Sunday at Franciscan Health Michigan City and "the pathologist ruled the manner of death as homicide."
The cause of death was found to be "blunt force trauma to the head, resulting in contusion with edema of left side of head/ear; subgaleal hemorrhage of left temple; and a radiating skull fracture," Cutler said.
The final autopsy report is pending toxicology testing.
Tyler M. Kiger, 21, was arrested Tuesday and charged with a felony count of involuntary manslaughter, according to the sheriff’s department. He is scheduled for an initial hearing in La Porte Circuit Court on Friday.
A probable cause affidavit filed in court on Monday alleges Michael Kiger "did kill another human being," specifically his brother, "as a result of committing battery" on him.
Sheriff's Det. Sgt Adam Hannon, who signed the affidavit along with a La Porte County deputy prosecutor, testified at a probable cause hearing Monday before an arrest warrant was issued, charging Tyler Kiger with the Level 5 felony, according to the sheriff’s department.
He was arrested Tuesday, and remains in the La Porte County Jail on a $15,000 cash-only bond, according to police.
“At this time, the investigation remains active awaiting final documentation,” the sheriff’s department said Tuesday.