Benefit held for baby Halo memorial fund

MISHAWAKA, Ind.--- It’s been a tough month for those close to Dominique Stutzman. After the loss of baby Halo, things have been difficult but at a picnic benefit on Sunday, they hoped to raise some money to help out.

“When I first heard about Halo, I had to do what I could to help Dominique out,” Amanda Shields, the picnic organizer said. “We’re trying to have fun and raise money out here. Dominique was denied for Medicaid so she still has a hospital bill she has to pay, there’s a gravestone she still doesn’t have for her little girl. Plus, court fees and stuff like that.”

The benefit had five dollar lunch boxes, ice cream, snow cones and bounce houses for kids to enjoy. Plus, there was a raffle for several great items including $50 gift cards to Walmart, Meijer and Kroeger, all of which were donated by the organizations.

“Everyone here supports her,” Shields said. “I saw a smile on her face so that’s a plus.”

“We’re here to pay tribute to Halo,” Shelly Hamood, a family friend said. “It’s to help with funeral and hospital costs and I couldn’t imagine anybody hurting my granddaughter. It gets to your heart and hits home.”

For those who wish to donate money for baby Halo, you can purchase “#TeamHalo” bracelets for $5 by emailing Amanda Shields at You can also go to any First Source Bank and ask to donate to the Halo Memorial Benefit Account.

Just ask for the Halo Memorial Benefit Account.

Halo was found with skull fractures and serious internal injuries after she had been in the care of her father, Bryan Michel.

The county coroner ruled her death a homicide.

Michel is charged with neglect of a dependent, resulting in death.

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