No Death Penalty For Bullhead City Couple Accused of Killing Newborn During "Brutal" Sexual Attack

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Staci Lynn Barbosa and Jonathan Edward Vandergriff are accused of brutally "raping" their one-month-old son.
A story we wrote a few years ago about a Bullhead City couple accused of killing their newborn baby during what's described by authorities as a "brutal" sexual attack has been getting a lot of attention as of late -- and we have no idea why.

Regardless, we figured we'd provide an update on the case.

We spoke to Greg McPhillips this afternoon, the Mohave County prosecutor assigned to the case, who tells us not much has been happening. However, he says he's decided to not seek the death penalty for the two suspects, 20-year-old Staci Lynn Barbosa and 24-year-old Jonathan Edward Vandergriff.

McPhillips says he never sought the death penalty for Barbosa, but had for Vandergriff. However, 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 -- he backed off.

On the morning of June 15, 2010, police were called to Western Arizona Regional Medical Center's Emergency Room where the one-month-old 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.

At the time of the baby's death, Bullhead City Police Department spokeswoman Emily Montague told New Times it appeared the couple "raped" their own baby.

The baby was airlifted to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas -- the closest hospital with a trauma center, according to Montague.

Barbosa, who brought the one-month-old to the hospital, was immediately taken into custody.

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

Vandergriff turned himself into authorities a few days later. Police then served a search warrant at the house where the couple had been living, which turned up marijuana and other items of "evidentiary value."

Vandergriff and Barbosa initially were booked into jail on charges of molestation of a child, child abuse, aggravated assault, and sexual conduct with a minor. First-degree murder charges were added after the baby died.

McPhillips says there hasn't been much progress in the case since the couple's arrest -- much thanks to their defense attorney filing numerous motions claiming there was a conflict with several different judges who ended up with the case.

Now, however, there's a new defense attorney, and McPhillips says the case now has some "forward momentum."

Vandergriff is scheduled to appear in court for a status hearing on February 14 -- his first court appearance in about a year.



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Shawndaluke
Shawndaluke

This is such bullshit Arizona sucks ass. What kind of fucking justice does the little boy get? In Texas they wouldve fried after one month. Their lucky I guess that the beat, raped, and murdered a one month old in Arizona. Aparently we are more worried about catching the drug dealers here. WOW smh

Shandi Giron
Shandi Giron

omfg!!!! and wuts real fucked up is that the baby is going to go back to them wen heaven comes this is some fucked up shit  i cant beleive it  ..im the devil and i wish i could go to heaven and take in all the babies and kids that wer killed and are going right back to the parents who killed them  wen heaven comes ...claiming "everything is healed now"  omfg  give me a fuckin break  ..id take em all in and be the best love they ever could have  ..

Samantha
Samantha

Staci should rot in jail for the rest of her life. So she can always remember what she allowed to happened to her son. Jonathan should have been given the death penalty no questions asked. For this to be taken of the table is beyond belief, worse knowing it is because it cost too much. Are you kidding me? I be glad to transfer right now what ever it costs to send him straight to hell! How does this even stop other sick F!@#s from doing the same thing to another baby when this kind of sick horrid act doesn't get you the death penalty but a life in a warm bed, daily meals, free time and probably protected too in the confides of prison. No wonder it recently happen to another baby in the UK, he was also only 1 month old. We should have learnt from baby Brianna back in 2002, 27yrs for the mother, 57yrs for the uncle and 63yrs for the father for abused, raped and death of their 5 month old baby daughter. NOT ENOUGH! Justice was not served. That was about 10 years ago , no justice from the law and heck we still praying for some prison justice. What is happening when people are turning to inmates, criminals to bring justice for us.... wow. Gees people its just wishful thinking that the perpetrators will get what they deserve in prison, that they will get their arse kicked by the other inmates. Sorry it just doesn't happened like that , I don't hear about any child abusers and murders getting abused or killed in prison for what they have done. Yes we all secretly wish it would happen but reality is that these scumbags are PROTECTED in prison. No wonder why society sometimes takes justice into their own hands, I usually don't agree but if you haven't notice the law doesn't hand out justice to the victims. Imagine what the world would be like if any person found guilty of abusing, raping and murdering a baby, a child get nothing less than life imprisonment or even the death penalty! how many children would be saved from this kind of faith. America and the human race should be ashamed at the sentencing these two scumbags got! From reading all the comments not just on this site, Staci and Jonathan if ever released will wish they were back in prison, there are alot of angry people out there. Hell is waiting for you both.

Cabwheel
Cabwheel

On March 16th Staci Barbosa was sentenced to only 15 years by Judge Conn. The bitch will get out when her daughter Tiffany is only 16. She still will be able to breed. And what is worst is that Staci Mother April will be adopting little Tiffany at the end of this month. April's boyfriend David or one of Aprils friends will molest Tiffany as April allowed her daughter Staci to be molested she will Sacrifice  her granddaughter to keep a man so she does not have to work. April was going to have David fuck Staci so they could have a baby. April wanted Staci to be a surrogate and you know that they cannot afford to pay a doctor for to do it the right way, April would probably watch her daughter get fucked by David. Poor Tiffany the state of Arizona should be ashamed for not even giving Tiffany a shot in life. She is bound to be raised poor and illiterate just like the last 3 generations of Barbosa's And they are proud of that name as they are going to raise poor little Tiffany as a Barbosa. I hope the whole family rots in hell with the exception of Tiffany. And pray to god that Jonathon gets life and repeatedly raped by many with real big d----s! They probally will like it.

Marlena Carrillo
Marlena Carrillo

Why would the writer make this comment?.

A story we wrote a few years ago about a Bullhead City couple accused of killing their newborn baby during what's described by authorities as a "brutal" sexual attack has been getting a lot of attention as of late -- and we have no idea why.

Really you have no idea why? Because these are monsters that are getting ready to go back to court. Thats why! Because Mathew deserves to have his story heard and continued to be heard until there is justice for him and until we shame the people that stood by and left him in the hands of those Beasts...
Does that make sense to you now? 

Brittany Lynn Froude
Brittany Lynn Froude

And the most fucked up part was the bitch was best friends with my sister and at one point while she was pregnant they had moved into my dads house with us, because her mom kicked them out of her house. They moved out a week before she had the baby and a month later i see this shit in the paper. I'm like Wow. Some people deserve to Die.

Brittany Lynn Froude
Brittany Lynn Froude

And the most fucked up part was the bitch was best friends with my sister and at one point while she was pregnant they had moved into my dads house with us, because her mom kicked them out of her house. They moved out a week before she had the baby and a month later i see this shit in the paper. I'm like Wow. Some people deserve to Die.

Lenahernandez63
Lenahernandez63

Thats what's wrong with society every state has their own rules and regulations and I think regardless over a situation like this one those people and all others like them deserve to be slowly tortured like no other I agree some saw and hostler touristas shit and the law should just keep their damn noses out of it their not good at all at supposley serving justice I mean come on quit the procrastinating damit it is what it is quit putting off court dates or uhh well we don't have enough evidence it's always an excuse with law and government it's all about milking situations cuz in the long run just more court costs and all that shit just be done with them fuck it send them to a country where the other prison systems don't care about who gets hurt they pretend they didn't see shit. Now I see why over things like this to people sometimes put it upon themselves to fuck people like this up fuck the judicial system cuz I tell you what if that was my nephew or grandson or whateveror even if the mom it dad was a so called friend hell ya I'd do them in I'd tie their asses in my basement and hell ya I'd torture them and I could go on forever about that just like anybody else but in all reality if and when they get sent to prison I hope and pray the inmates get hold if these two and royalay do some damage and I would hope by the graces of God he allows the guards to turn their cheeks and that's it,that simple.karmas a bitch and they will get theirs you watch I'd love to hear how these two end up that would be freaking lovely I just wish I could help put some hurting on them, but that's OK though I know somebody will or at least I wish they would.

Rheaguerrero
Rheaguerrero

They are sickening and deserve to die that poor baby deserves justice ...

Test
Test

First off - these people are having their "day in court", and if there is justice, they won't get out for a very long time, if ever, for what they did. Hopefully they have enough self-reflection for the pain and suffering they have caused, though I doubt it.

That said, it's pretty fuckin' scary how many people are on here essentially advocating for murder; whether by the State or by their own hands ("oh if only it were legal, or if they only had 5 minutes with them, or..."). Even more disturbing are the few here who essentially want to torture these people for their crimes...

In psychology, this is called projection; what skeletons these people have in their closet, I don't know, and I don't want to know. I would like to know where they live, so I could live somewhere else, but given how this attitude (eye for an eye and more) seems to be very prevalent in our society - they probably surround me as I type.

What these people don't understand about our civil justice system I fail to comprehend. Products of our wonderful public education system? Who knows. If they had any knowledge at all, they would know that those on death row take a long time to get to their end, due to the number of mandatory appeal options they have - because once they are dead, they are dead, and nothing can be done to bring them back should a mistake have been made and found out about later.

...and we -know- mistakes (or worse) have been made in the past on death penalty cases. Lock 'em away for the rest of their natural lives, instead. It's ultimately cheaper, and more humanitarian. We the people should not be forced by the State, nor by society's teeth gnashing revenge seekers into being party to State sanctioned murder. That is what the death penalty is, plain and simple: It is murder by the State.

I want no part of it, and if you are an adult, self-actualized human, you shouldn't want a part of it, either.

Felicity McNelley
Felicity McNelley

Im glad they have to sit in jail while they wait...and as far as not getting the death penalty...even though I agree with the death penalty...I think perhaps that it will be more damaging if they have to live in prison with people who know what they have done....LMAO

Concerned
Concerned

Seriously? You have no idea why people are interested in this case? A one month old is dead at the hands of his depraved parents in a brutal sexual attack. Everyone should be outraged that it is taking this long to get justice for this beautiful child who did not ask to be born into that household, let alone have his short life be a month of pain and suffering.

Add to this that they aren't seeking the death penalty because it costs too much to bring the case to trial? Really?

Some elected officials might want to think about this being an election year...

Lechellemoore
Lechellemoore

This is fucking bullshit and of course they dont get the death penaltie what the fuck is this world coming to? Anyone that rapes murders etc. should get tortured and killed 

Red666
Red666

Jesus Christ!  What the hell is wrong with people.  And WHY is the death penalty not being sought?  These pathetic excuses for human beings don't deserve to live.

apissedoffmommy
apissedoffmommy

they should be sent down a street with lots of people where they themselves would be raped and beaten inches from death as they did for the baby only to be saved so they could relive it over and over again until they die of old age fucking sick bastards 

My2Cents
My2Cents

:smh: I just don't have to words....

Latinama723
Latinama723

No amount of torture I myself could inflict on them would even compare 2 what they deserve. There is a special place in hell 4 these 2. I don't even think n eye for a eye is enough. The judge should just let their community lose on them 2 do as they please with these 2, because torture is illegal in the us the government should turn a blind eye n let the community do as THEY please!!

Amber T.
Amber T.

I believe that money should not be an issue in this case. A heinous crime deserves a heinous punishment. This poor child was only a month old and all he knew was pain and suffering. I think we should ask that of the "parents" that demanded this of their innocent child. If they do not receive the death penalty, at least they will get what they deserve in jail. Inmates do not take these types of cases lightly and if the couple is lucky enough to survive jail, they will hopefully realize the pain and suffering they caused when they receive the same punishment in jail. I agree that Bullhead should be ashamed of themselves, and I believe that this case should be getting more attention from them. They should be demanding more justice for this poor innocent angel. 

Sue_tosi
Sue_tosi

Lock them the hell up and throw away the key!!!!

Debbie
Debbie

Neither even deserve a trial. Execution immediately!!

valerie
valerie

they should get the death penalty for what they did to the poor little guy. he did nothing wrong he was helpless. they are sick people. they will be punish by law and by god.

bigriggs
bigriggs

These two each deserve a bullet between the eyes.

langfooo
langfooo

Sorry these two need to be taken out back and beaten to death, period.
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Julie Valentine
Julie Valentine

Thank you James King for writing this article. I do not want Matthew Vandergriff forgotten. 

Julie Valentine
Julie Valentine

I am so glad our voices are being heard! For 21 months, Baby Matthew has changed my life, not a day goes by that he does not cross my mind.  You have  686 voices now, you are loved. We rejoice in your name. No matter how long Staci, and Jon's sentence will be . It will never be enough for the torture, and pain they caused this precious gift. YOU ARE LOVED BABY BOY ! 
Please join our fan page for the remembrance of this precious child!  

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NO_MERCY!
NO_MERCY!

Let's shake them, stick bats up their asses, starve them and give them nothing to drink while we beat the piss out of them until they finally, but slowly and painfully die. Let's let the punishment fit the crime for these horrible monsters and  stop housing and feeding them and providing them with medical care, etc. THEY DESERVE TO BE IN THE SAME SITUATION THE BABY WAS. NO MERCY!

Georgia Platanas
Georgia Platanas

hang

. them and thats mild to what they had done to that baby

Georgia Platanas
Georgia Platanas

       d eath penalty and may they rot in hell!      if they get any less  ,then the judge and prosecutors should be tried for first degree murder instead!

lcoastmom
lcoastmom

Since the county believes they can't afford the expense of a death penalty case, I say we take up a collection to relieve them of that burden.

Christine Australia
Christine Australia

This is the perfect example of why the death penalty should be allowed... What is the state of Arizona thinking using the excuse of cost? This is outrageous. I never believed in the death penalty until cases such as these come about. This is what they are in place for!

C i C i
C i C i

you got fuck problems id killa ya with my own hands if i could

delilah morales
delilah morales

IM SORRY FOR MY TALK BUT WHAT THE F*** IS UP WITH THE WORLD & THE F***** PEOPLE IN IT,I MEAN YOU BECOME A PARENT TO A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE ANGLE & YOU DO S*** LIKE THAT TO THIS SWEET LITTLE STAR,THEN WHY THE H*** DID YOU EVEN HAVE A CHILD IN THE DAME FIRST PLACE WHAT TO KEEP YOUR STUPID BOYFRIEND REALLY IS HE THAT F***** MORE IMPORTENT TO YOU TO HURT THIS SPECIAL STAR.WOW YOU & HIM FOR SURE NEED TO GO TO H*** FOREVER & GET TTREATED LIKE THAT WHAT YOU PUT THAT SPECIAL STAR THROUGH YOU B******

KENNELTECH
KENNELTECH

You pieces of shit, government!  The cost is too great?  What about the cost of a LIFE?

C Pudntane
C Pudntane

Can I have them for 5 minutes? Thats all I need with them. Then the taxpayers don't have to feel, clothes, pay for medical care,... OH but wait.. that's not our civil-ways of punishing scumbags who do unthinkable things to children.

 These two sick SOBs don't stand a change in the prisons general population. This DA has No back-bone (("$$ stopped me") If any case deserves the death penalty, this baby's murder cries out for it. Fire that DA! Let those two out of jail for a day so they can have real justice, & not the revolving door treatment of our penal system.

shannah
shannah

Satan is real proud of you fucking losers!

Melodytcromer
Melodytcromer

Its a shame these folks are even in this world and a bigger shame the parents who raised them are let off scott free! its all in the up bringing and man they sure are a sight to behold!

Newmommy825
Newmommy825

I think the death penelty is the easy way out...they should sit in prison for the reat of their lives and let the other inmates do to them.what they sis to this poor child, cuz trust.....it will happen!!!!!

Vickilannan
Vickilannan

these people should get the death penalty they are sick and disgusting that baby never had a chance they deserve to be killed the same way they killed their baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VickiG
VickiG

The Death Penalty's a joke in Phoenix, Arizona anyway. Every 3 years, the whole case is re-examined and it's possible for them to be pardoned from receiving capital punishment, b/c everyone feels so damn sorry for the killers of these people.
Someone in my family was murdered, and our life has been changed ever since. I don't feel one damn BIT sorry for these jerks - and they can't even qualify for Capital Punishment unless the murder was committed in an especially brutal way.

Rose
Rose

Hang them both!!!

Shelly Brinlee Glendening
Shelly Brinlee Glendening

I am torn...They deserve to die, I am for the death penalty, but maybe they should live in misery for the rest of their lives and maybe they will be brutally assaulted, raped and beaten repeatedly and hopefully tortured to death...Then face that sweet baby and the Lord in the ever after!!!!

Kimberly Carlisle
Kimberly Carlisle

I feel physically ill when I think of the screams that must have come out of that tiny mouth. If murder were legal for 1 day, I would kill them in ways that would make what they did look gentle. I'm so enraged, I'm shaking. Where is this baby's justice? Why should they be allowed to breathe one more breath?

Catturnblu
Catturnblu

Police shoot "kids" for having pellet guns!!  Shoot them to death, these 2, brutally RAPED a newborn baby! Slap on the wrist is what they get..  A man with 30lbs+ marijuana or 15 kilos of cocaine, 15+ years instantly...  Lady throws dog out window driving down interstate or better yet starves 2 dogs past emaciation and she could get 20+ years in prison...

lcoastmom
lcoastmom

This article failed to mention that Staci Barbosa has pled guilty to 2nd degree murder, all other charges against her were dismissed. She's awaiting her sentencing hearing where she will receive 13 to 20 years! 

No justice in AZ. 

Mtlady4x4
Mtlady4x4

So we can put our country in debt for every other reason, but for the justice this child deserves??? WTF is wrong America?? open your eyes... Sad part is if they weren't in protective services in jail, we wouldnt have to pay for thier deaths, im sure they would get more then just death by other inmates. I say through their asses to the wolves....

Gbale27
Gbale27

These two people are sick humans, if you can call them that, wish someone would do to them what they did to that poor baby.

samantha
samantha

Here here , count me in . Let's see what other excuses they come up with !

delilah morales
delilah morales

YEAH THOSE SICK F**** WOULD LIKE ALL THAT S*** THAT THEY DID TO THIS SWEET BABY TO F***** MUCH

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