“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.”
A 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!
- Bullhead City Couple Arrested After Their Newborn Baby Dies From “Brutal” Sexual Attack (lilywhitewash.wordpress.com)