Mich. couple now face murder charges in fire death

CENTREVILLE, Mich. (AP) -- The parents of a 16-year-old girl who was chained to her bed when she died in a fire at her southwestern Michigan home now face stiffer charges of murder and torture.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor John McDonough toughened the charges Wednesday against Anthony and Marsha Springer.

Police say Calista Springer died Feb. 27 in the Centreville fire.

McDonough's predecessor charged the couple with manslaughter and first-degree child abuse. They still face the child-abuse charge.

Attorneys for the two did not immediately return messages seeking comment Thursday.

Anthony Springer has said Calista had special needs and was restrained to protect her from unsafe behavior at night. Other relatives and friends have said the girl's parents abused her.

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