Newborn Raped and Murdered by Parents


“But whoever hurts one of these little ones who believe in Me and causes them to loose faith, it would be better for that person to have a large stone hung around their neck, and be drowned in the sea.”

Bullhead City couple was accused of killing their newborn baby during what’s described by authorities as a “brutal” sexual attack.
The two suspects in the case were the child’s parents, 20-year-old Staci Lynn Barbosa and 24-year-old Jonathan Edward Vandergriff.

On the morning of June 15, 2010, police were called to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room where the six week old baby was said to be, “fighting for his life.” Police say the baby had bruises and sores all over his body and his eyes were red and swollen shut. Doctors confirmed the baby had several broken ribs, a broken femur, was malnourished, dehydrated, and showed signs of sexual abuse and shaken baby syndrome.

At the time of the baby’s death, Bullhead City Police Department spokeswoman Emily Montague said it appeared the couple had “raped” their own baby. The mother, Barbosa, brought the one-month-old to the hospital, and was immediately taken into custody. Doctors were unable to save the baby, who died the next morning.
Vandergriff turned himself into authorities a few days later. Police then discovered marijuana and other items of “evidentiary value” at the house where the couple had been living. Vandergriff and Barbosa initially were charged with molestation of a child, child abuse, aggravated assault, and sexual conduct with a minor. First-degree murder charges were added after the baby died.

Because of the costs associated with trying a death penalty case and the fact that evidence in cases of murdered children is often hotly contested by defense attorneys, the prosecuting attorney chose not to seek the death penalty. Both parents have pleaded not guilty to all charges.

What demon possessed someone to do this to their child? God’s judgment is sure and they will face Hell one day!

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About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderful children and three grandkids, who I am very proud of. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. My ministry is geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community, and that I have been called to the homeland mission field of North America. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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