Share this article

print logo

INDICTMENT OF FATHER IS EXPECTED IN BABY'S DEATH

An indictment is expected to be unsealed today against Michael Haffizulla, who allegedly buried his dead 7-week-old son on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation in July.

District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III declined to say what charges will be included, although he told County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza that Haffizulla was a suspect in a homicide.

Haffizulla, 32, of LaSalle Avenue, Niagara Falls, has been held in lieu of $250,000 bail since being arrested July 22. That is when he led police to a shallow grave off Blacknose Spring Road that contained the corpse of his infant son, Mickla, who had died July 18. Autopsy reports said the infant died of multiple blunt-force trauma to the head and body.

Investigators went to Jamaica after the arrest to interview the child's mother, a native of that country who fled there with the couple's 2-year-old daughter.

"The mother is back in Western New York. She is cooperating with authorities," Murphy said.

Haffizulla allegedly told police that he panicked and buried the baby when he found him dead and his longtime girlfriend, the mother, wanted to call the police.

Haffizulla reportedly told police the death was accidental and denied killing the child. Police were alerted to the death by the infant's grandfather.

e-mail: tprohaska@buffnews.com

There are no comments - be the first to comment