A Michigan homeless couple is accused of killing their 14-month-old son and telling police checking on the child that they had given him away.
At the motel, Isaias Aurelio Porras, 31, and Amanda Jajou, 30,allegedly said they had given their son, Isaias Daniel Porras, away, but officers found the infant’s body under a pile of blankets.
According to an autopsy, Isaias died as the result of multiple injuries, and he was “covered from head to toe with bruises including hematoma to the brain,” Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Amy MacGregor said in court, according to The Detroit News.
Porras, the father, allegedly made statements to police that he beat the child, while the mother allegedly witnessed the abuse and her baby having convulsions but did not step in to stop the beating or help her son, according to the outlet.
Porras faces charges of murder and second-degree child abuse, which carry a maximum penalty of up to life in prison.
Jajou is charged with second-degree murder, child abuse and accessory after the fact. She faces up to 10 years behind bars if convicted.
Both are being held without bond and are scheduled for a probable cause hearing on Oct. 20.
“The Farmington Hills Police Department and our community are heartbroken over this tragic loss and my thoughts and prayers go out to the child’s family,” Police Chief Jeff King said of the murder. “Anyone who has a concern for the safety and well-being of neighbors, friends or family members are strongly urged to contact law enforcement.”
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