Marine pleads not guilty in son’s death
02-25-2010 09:44 PM
OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Upset that his infant son’s cries interrupted his video game playing, a 22-year-old Marine grabbed the 4-month-old boy and shook the infant hard enough to injure the baby’s brain, eyes and spinal column, a San Diego prosecutor alleged in court Thursday. The infant died the following day.
Two days after being arrested by San Diego police, Lance Cpl. Michael D. Bixby pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on charges of child endangerment and child abuse causing death — criminal charges that could get him a 25-to-life sentence if he is convicted.
A San Diego County Superior Court judge ordered Bixby be held on $1 million bail, and he remained in custody at the central city jail. Bixby, who is stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, will return to court March 10 for a preliminary hearing.
Bixby was in his home, located at the air station, and was playing video games about 7 p.m. Feb. 17 when 4-month-old Andru, who was in a child carrier on the floor, began to cry.
“He grabbed him by the wrist and shook him,” Deputy District Attorney Leonard Trinh said. “Andru’s head snapped forward, and he stopped crying.”
Bixby, whose wife was at a class at the time, was also watching their older son, Taylor, 22 months, who was upstairs.
Bixby tried to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Andru Bixby but did not call 911, Trinh said. When his wife returned home about 45 minutes later, “she had an emotional reaction to Andru’s medical condition,” he said. Neighbors heard a commotion and called 911, and a short time later military police and San Diego police arrived at the home. The infant was taken to Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where he died.
Andru suffered a fractured wrist and injuries to his spinal cord, optical nerve and brain, Trinh said.
Bixby, of Washington County, Ore., is a packaging specialist assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16, Miramar officials said. He joined the Corps on Feb. 1, 2009, and earned the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.
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