The death of Alexis Medina Jr., 4 months, was initially believed to have been caused by Shaken Baby Syndrome by his father. Now, Essex County Prosecutors have charged the father, Alexis Medina, with Murder, alleging that he suffocating his son to death.
According to prosecutors and the Massachusetts State Police, Medina allegedly “intentionally” shoved the baby’s face into a pillow last Tuesday morning. He died the following day at Tufts Medical Center in Boston after doctors found him “brain dead”. An autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s Office also showed that the child had 11 ‘healing’ rib fractures.
Following his arrest, Medina spoke with Massachusetts State Police and stated that while the infant was facedown in his crib, he pushed down on his back in an effort to quiet him and get him to sleep. A few hours later, the Medina’s mother returned from work and found the infant not breathing, at which time 911 was called.
Medina also allegedly told police that he “roughhoused and wrestled” with the infant so much so that he could have broken the baby’s ribs. He also allegedly admitted yanking on the baby’s arm so hard until he heard a “snap” in his shoulder.
Alternatively, Medina’s defense team will likely argue that Medina did not intentionally suffocate the child to death, and that the child couldn’t have died of suffocation because first responders were able to revive him.
Alexis Medina was arraigned in Lawrence District Court this past Tuesday on Murder Charges and was held without bail. At his arraignment, however, Essex County prosecutors described that he was previously convicted for Crimes of Violence against his daughter when she was 6 months old. In that incident, Medina was committed to the House of Corrections for 18 months and ordered to undergo anger management and parenting classes. He was still on probation for that case.
Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Lefteris K. Travayiakis recognized the serious consequences one faces when charged with a Crime of Violence such as Murder, and for that reason, makes himself available 24/7 for consultation.
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