Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dad indicted on murder charge in death of 3-month-old son (Lawrence, Massachusetts)

Why was this father ever allowed around children again? Dad ALEXIS MEDINA has now been indicted for 1st-degree murder in the death of his 3-month-old son. Seems Medina has admitted that he shook the baby and then DELIBERATELY suffocated him. But notice that back in 2008, this fine paternal specimen assaulted his infant daughter, who was then only 6 months of age, and fractured her skull. Where was Mom? Did she even know about Daddy's less than illustrious past?



Man indicted on murder charge in death of infant son
By Jim Patten
The Eagle Tribune Sat Aug 20, 2011, 12:13 AM EDT

LAWRENCE — A city man has been indicted in the death of his 3-month-old son.

Alexis Medina, 23, of 4 Inman St., is charged in the indictment returned Thursday by the Essex County Grand Jury, with first degree murder, assault and battery causing serious bodily injury and assault and battery.

Medina, who was previously jailed for assaulting his daughter and fracturing her skull, was arrested Dec. 28 and charged with assault and battery on a child causing serious bodily injury.

The infant was having difficulty breathing and was later diagnosed by emergency room doctors with having broken ribs, a broken vertebrae and other symptoms association with shaken baby syndrome.

In 2008, Medina was sentenced to 18 months in jail for causing his daughter's skull fracture when she was 6 months old, court and police records indicate.

The boy died Jan. 5 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after lingering in a brain dead state.

According to prosecutors, although Medina admitted to shaking the baby, the cause of death appeared to be suffocation when his father intentionally shoved his face into a pillow. The child also had 11 healing rib fractures.

Steve O'Connell, spokesman for the Essex District Attorney's Office said Medina is expected to be arraigned on the new charges in Salem Superior Court within the next few weeks.

If he is convicted on the first degree murder charge, Medina faces life in prison without parole, O'Connell said.