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1/28/2013 6:00:00 AM
Injured Kingman baby using feeding tube, police say
Codie Levi Mejia
Codie Levi Mejia
Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

Codie Levi Mejia, the 27-year-old Kingman father accused of shaking his one-year-old son and causing severe injuries, was still in custody at the Mohave County Jail Friday.

Kingman Police Department Sgt. Bob Fisk said the baby is now able to breath for himself but is still unable to eat. He is on a feeding tube, Fisk said.

Fisk said he could not confirm if the baby is now responsive.

Mejia was charged the week of Jan.14 with felony child abuse and domestic violence by aggravated assault for allegedly inflicting injuries on his son that are consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

According to police, Mejia told detectives he had been smoking Spice, a chemical compound designed to mimic the effects of marijuana, and fell asleep. When he woke up, he realized that his son had fallen off the bed, called 911 and tried to revive the baby by shaking him.

Fisk told the Miner that doctors diagnosed the baby with a broken vertebra, brain hemorrhaging and brain shearing. He went on to say that detectives do not believe Mejia's story.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013
Article comment by: People of Kingman

@Melissa Bosshard: I'm not sure how I was "spouting" anything, but pre-judgment was surely not part of my statements. This baby's injuries were clearly defined by professionals, and inflicted by this man. How you can call this act an "accident" is beyond any reason. ITBI is never an "accident" with injuries this severe. No one on the staff of this paper, or "in the streets" are making up or embellishing the extent of the damage to this infant. IF you "hate child abusers more than anything else" why would you not want this man punished to the full extent of the law when there is clearly no question that he indeed inflicted this horror?

Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Article comment by: t rush

Im glas he is doing better. I hate reading things that happen to children. But unfortantly you are guilty and need to prove your innocents any more. It is really wrong. People do judge way to fast before hearing the hole story.

Posted: Sunday, February 3, 2013
Article comment by: Melissa Bosshard

People of Kingman, how I think it's very nice to show your concern for a child, please don't spout your pre-judgement and guilt before innocence and then say you represent the entire town. Some of us don't stand in the streets with our stones ready to cast because some local paper told us he did it. I hate child abusers more than anything else, but sometimes 'accidents' happen, and people are given the chance to prove their innocence in this country, at least we were supposed to be able to.

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Article comment by: Hmmm .....

This story is very sad and I pray for a full recovery of the baby. On another note, smoking spice while taking care of your children does not sound too responsible.

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: so sad .

Thank goodness the baby is recovering. Is there going to be long term health issues?

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Grandma Anonymous

My grandson has been upgraded by the doctors at Phoenix Childrens Hospital as stable ,yes he is still on a feeding tube due to swelling of his vocal cords. He is alert,active and breathing fine on his own now.My son is a very responsible parent of three children and is being tried in the newspaper by KPD before he's even been allowed his day in court.In America you are presumed innocent UNTIL proven guilty.Thank you all that are praying for my grandsons full recovery and the exoneration of my son.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: People of Kingman

"Shaken baby syndrome" is an outdated name and no longer used by trauma professionals. It is now called "abusive head trauma" or "inflicted traumatic brain injury" (ITBI) according to Dr. Jay Fisher, Emergency Services Director of Pediatircs at the Childrens Hospital of Nevada/UMC. After the 2012 UMC Trauma/Burn Center Conference Dr. Fisher had this to say: "Trying to pay the bills and taking care of young, active children can be too stressful for some families".
A mother involved in an ITBI case pleaded with anyone who would listen to "count to 10, call someone for help....there are many things you can do to stop yourself from committing this heinous act". Dr. Fisher added "Inflicted trauma or pain or stress on a child just should not be what their lives are about". Personally, I believe that you should "count to 10" before bringing a baby into your life in the first place if you can't afford to take care of them ON YOUR OWN by working hard, and putting one foot in front of the other to get ahead in this life. Yes it's hard right now for millions of Americans. Please plan your family according to your ability to give them the best life possible, so you don't become one of the "stressed out" parents who chooses to take it out on an infant.

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