Bullhead City Couple Pleads Not Guilty to Murdering and Sexually Assaulting Their 6-Week-Old Son

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Police believe Staci Lynn Barbosa and Jonathan Edward Vandergriff brutally raped their one-month-old son
A Bullhead City couple accused of "brutally" sexually assaulting and murdering their six-week-old baby pleaded not guilty to murder, and several other charges related to the boy's death, yesterday.

Staci Lynn Barbosa, 19, and Jonathan Edward Vandergriff, 23, appeared in Mohave County Superior Court yesterday where they each pleaded not guilty to murder, child abuse by domestic violence, sexual assault of a minor under the age of 15, and sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15.

Bullhead City police spokeswoman Emily Montague told New Times earlier this month that police believe the baby was "raped" by Barbosa and Vandergriff, which contributed to the baby's death.

Montague -- for good reason -- wouldn't go into detail about the sexual attack but says authorities believe both Barbosa and Vandergriff were involved in raping their six-week-old son.

According to police, at 11:20 a.m. on June 15, police were called to Western Arizona Regional

Medical Center's Emergency Room where a baby was "fighting for his life."

Police say they saw bruises and sores all over the baby's body and his eyes were red and swollen shut.

Doctors then told police the baby had several broken ribs, a broken femur, was malnourished, dehydrated, and showed signs of sexual abuse and shaken baby syndrome.

The baby was airlifted to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas -- the closest hospital with a trauma center, according to Montague -- and Barbosa, who brought the six-week-old to the hospital, was immediately taken into custody.

Doctors were not able to save the baby and he died early the next morning.

Vandergriff turned himself into authorities the same day and police served a search warrant at the house where the couple had been living, which turned up marijuana
and other items of "evidentiary value."

The couple's next court date is scheduled for July 23. If convicted, the two defendants each face the death penalty.


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Michael Lundy
Michael Lundy

Bigoted poster.  Being reported to the ADL.  Doubt you are even smart enough to know what that is.  Bye bye clueless hater.

Angel
Angel

I'm in shock.  What has the human race come to, if we don't demand some kind of justice for this poor child?  Not that anything done to his parents could make up for their actions... but still - it's true that the death penalty doesn't feel enough.  What can I say, other than I would hate to be them when they meet their Maker. 

I'm heart broken.

Ccranedj67
Ccranedj67

these idiots are not people and deserve everything coming to them how can someone live with there selves

Mackenzie Huckeby
Mackenzie Huckeby

OMG!! These two should be beaten and tortured until they have little life in them and brought back to health and then do it all again until they finally die!!! I would very much like to see that done!! What the hell is wrong with people these days? It just makes me sick!!

CayC123
CayC123

So the worst case scenario for these soul-less monsters is that they will get a painless lethal injections...not fair...

They should die the way they killed...tortured and sexually assaulted until they're about to die...then let them recover and repeat over and over and over again

Kaylahminor
Kaylahminor

That's sick! An even saying that kind of thing. These two are very sick! I can't believe anyone would wanna do that to there 6 week ole baby! Just disgusting and wrong!

Urmom
Urmom

I think some people need to look up the word sarcasm in the dictionary, cause you all are retarded!

Ggina420
Ggina420

I'm seriously in tears right now.I have no clue who these two pair of scumbags are but who the hell does that to their baby. Sick fucken minded pieces of shits I hope they pay for it in jail and with God.

Shelton Tillee
Shelton Tillee

you are so sick your like hey, screw the beaten, rapped baby, i wanna have a threesome with the couple....

Robertaknorr98
Robertaknorr98

ppl like this make me sick y even have the baby if u cant take care of it poor baby may ur soul rest in piece  now ur in a better place then with them low lifes

Anthony DePaolo
Anthony DePaolo

SICKNING!!! IM LITERALLY READY TO THROW UP!  I want to kill them both myself and gladly to the time for it. Lets see if justice is served...bet it wont be to my standards. and as far as anonymous goes, i  hope u dont have kids. if u do i feel for them. id like to bash your head in too for trying to make light of this. Its people like u that need to be rounded up and dumped into the middle of the ocean somewhere

Chauvin Holly
Chauvin Holly

You are a sick human being for not showing any sympathy for that poor child. You are just like them!!

Holly
Holly

The death penalty would be too easy of a way out for what they did to that defenseless beautiful child. Poor baby never stood a chance in life with people like that. They should die a slow and very painful death for doing what they did to that precious child. I have 3 boys one which is only 2 months old. My boys mean the world to me and I get sick to my stomach every time I think about how that poor baby had to suffer. They have people out there that can't have children that would have loved to take that child. I hope and pray that they get what they deserve for what they did.

Alksdn
Alksdn

This is just too horrible to bear! .... I can't even type how sad this makes me. I NEVER believed in the death penalty before but today that changed. Actually I think the Death Penalty would be too kind. I can't belive someone can be this cruel. What a twisted mind they must have! Fuck I can't even think right now.. What the hell? Nonono.. Get it out of my head. I have a 5 month baby and he's the dearest thing in my life! I would go through eternaty of torture to secure him! To see him smile is the truest joy I know. If he's in pain my hard aches! The desciption of how they found the baby.. What those people must have done, what that innocent little defenseless baby had to endure.. It's worse than the histories I've heard about hell. My god.. There's not even place in my mind right now to be angry or to hate, the sadness and horror fills up every part of my brain. My god what are their parents thinking?

naturelover
naturelover

hopefully my dear friend someone in jail will make justice for this little angel and they will get killed sooner than later...I hate our system, people like this should die in the guillotine.

naturelover
naturelover

Hopefully they will get the death penalty

Maxonepercent
Maxonepercent

The death penalty is too good for these soul-less monsters. They should be burned at the stake.

TW
TW

Please, just kill the scum that they are. They are not fit to live.

Stephanie
Stephanie

What are the odds that two people so sick would be put together? What happened in their lives that would allow them to think this is okay? At least God has the baby now, and these two will rot in jail (although that's probably too good of an option for them)

What was the mom doing while her son was raped? She carried that baby 9 months, knowing it is her job to protect him... I want to puke and cry; I just can't believe this!

Jaylers2004
Jaylers2004

I am with you on this!!!! I have a 17 month old and a 4 month and I look into their eyes and could NEVER imagine harming them in any way!! They are precious innocent gifts that only bring so so much joy!!! How could any parent look at their child and want to hurt them at all let alone in the horrible disgusting ways these two did to their poor precious little boy!!! My heart is in so much pain for that little baby that was robbed of a wonderful chance at life with someone else who could have loved him and nourished him in the ways he sooo deserved!! I cant even talk about the pain and suffering that baby felt without crying my eyes out!! He was so helpless and had no way of defending himself! I pray and hope that they live a life of eternity in hell for what they did to their own flesh and blood!! I hope you get the justice you so deserve little Matthew!! You are and angel of God and are in a better place now baby boy!!!

Jama462
Jama462

They should die a slow death so they suffer as much as humanly possible if they can even feel anything at all that is. Its times like these that some of the Medieval tortures come to mind much less some of the "confession" tactics used during the Spanish inquisition. I saw one the other day on the history channel where they would set someone on a wooden saw horse that was pointed at the top and attach weights to their feet until they were separated from the groin all the way to their necks. they would survive for quite a long time as their body was slowly ripped in two. There is always the "rack too that was a fun one or maybe drawn and quartered. People like this deserve no compassion and should at least feel a small amount of the pain they inflicted on that poor child. I wonder also if these peoples parents shouldn't be examined as well and if possible sterilized to ensure no more idiot children.

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