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1/17/2013 6:00:00 AM
Child badly injured, prognosis very poor
Codie Levi Mejia
Codie Levi Mejia
Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

A 27-year-old Kingman father was arrested this week on child abuse charges as his 1-year-old son remains on life support after being transferred Tuesday to a children's hospital in Phoenix.

Codie Levi Mejia is charged with felony child abuse and domestic violence by aggravated assault for allegedly inflicting injuries on his son that are consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

Kingman Police Sgt. Bob Fisk said the child was first transported by ambulance to Kingman Regional Medical Center on Christmas Eve. The child was then airlifted to a children's hospital in Las Vegas before being airlifted again earlier this week to specialists at a children's hospital in Phoenix.

The child is on life support and cannot breathe on his own. Fisk said doctors have told police that the child "may never have a purposeful life again."

"Right now he has no purposeful movement," he said.

Fisk said that when interviewed by police, Mejia told detectives he had been smoking Spice, a synthetic form of marijuana, and awoke to find that his son had fallen off the bed. That's when Mejia said he called 911 and tried to revive the child by shaking him.

Doctors have determined that the child suffered from a broken vertebrae, brain hemorrhaging and brain shearing, which is described as when the brain is subjected to excessive acceleration and deceleration force.

Fisk said detectives aren't buying Mejia's version of events.

"The injuries are not consistent with a baby falling off a 23½-inch bed," Fisk said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: SNC CNS

First, I am so scared for this little baby. This poor little child. Second, I don't understand why people say ban spice and make marijuana legal. What is wrong with people that they have to do anything to alter thier behavior? Why put anything in your body. Don't do any of it!!

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: annoymous annoymous

the story says father called 911 and shook the baby to try and wake him up.
that is said so wrong.
I doubt the father was thinking at the time "oh this is really gonna hurt him so I should keep going" NO!!!! It wasn't like that at all I've heard. complete accident.
Dad paniced and wasn't informed on how critical it is to shake a baby no matter how hard or how many shakes. one forced shake can hurt a baby especially if this child had already fallen down. and I doubt dad even thought that the shaking he did was a cause until doctors informed the family that the injuries were not consistent with only a fall but the baby had to have been shook.
I doubt it ever crossed his mind that he was the reason. I feel sorry for the family and for that baby but also you can't help but feel sorry for the father. stories I've heard all over sounds like it was an accident. I trust his innocence. yes still serve time and be charged for your mistake so you can learn from it, but thats all it was, was a mistake. show mercy Kingman jury.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Annoymous Annoymous

the spice is not the reason for this act. yes maybe a reason he had fallen asleep but not the reason for this baby's injuries. it was a panic situation. I know this man did not shake that baby to hurt him.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Highly Amused

If weed were legalized, there wouldn't be a market for synthetic materials that actually harm the brain far more than the 'natural' that is indeed grown from soil. Yes, it can be 'chemicalized' too, which increases its growth rate etc, but it is a safer high than spice. These things wouldn't happen if it were legalized and sold responsibly. It should be treated like alcohol and cigarettes.

I've never done a drug in my life, but I do believe that if many drugs weren't illegal, we wouldn't have half as many problems as we do now.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: R .

I know a person that uses Spice, to call it synthetic marijuana is incorrect...the active ingredient is a form of fertilizer and every time one version is banned or made illegal, another active ingredient takes its place. The guy that I know who does it acts much differently than when he smoke pot and according to him it is indeed a different high. So anybody saying that marijuana prohibition is why Spice was created and continues to thrive are not being realistic and/or being honest with themselves.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Justin Cowin

I have been a long time friend of Cody and I Know deeply in my heart he didn't hurt his baby out of rage. He would never put anyone's kid in harms way let alone his own. The legal trash "spice" plays a factor in this terrible event that has darken this family's door step. To say he did this to the kid out of rage is very unlikely. As for the Daily Miner, they have benn known ,by many, to print story's to the public that had all the wrong facts.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Ther has to be a way that "synthetic" marijuana, bath salts, or any product used for the purpose of altering ones mind can be banned.

Smoke shops need to be held criminally responsible for the results of their selling this stuff.

A package warning should not let them off the hook when they clearly know what the consumer is using the product for.

The only justice would be to prosecute the sellers as well.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: dude forreal

right on spice should not exist!! couldnt have said it better my self!!!

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Fellow Christians! Time for deep prayer for miracles for this poor little child. Please join me for a complete recovery. We can refer to him as Angel as he'll be our little Angel we will pray for daily. Thank you.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Hector Valenzuela

Here we go again. Complaining, about the drugs. Did you forget about the baby that was involved here. Where is your sympathy? Instead of making irrational and negative comments, why don't you do something. It seems like everytime something bad happens, you instantly blame the government, MCSO or anyone else you can point your finger at.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Spice should not exist

The on going Marijuana Prohibition caused the introduction of "synthetic marijuana" such as spice.

This substance has been shown to cause several negative side effects all NOT found from Natural Marijuana. This is just one of many incedents endng badly from the use of this man made garbage filling a void for something much less harmful.

Ive never read of a Marijuana smoker shaking thier babies brain loose. Have you?

Same with Bath tub gin and poison booze back in alcohol prohibition causing more harm then the product it mimiced. We now have many different brands of this "spice" type garbage that our kids are using alot more then we want to know about.

My advice to my kids. Smoke Pot if your going to smoke anything. At least it wont kill you or take away your ability to control yourself and harm someone.

This is a dangeous problem bought on solely by the prohibition of Marijuana. One more very good reason to reform laws preventing these types of proven harmful substitutes to be produced at all. If Marijuana were treated as alcohol and sold to adults. Spice and all others like it would disappear overnight from the stores.

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: OMG Spice does this regularly

Wow, Wow Wow. I am terrified to my core. Spice is such a dangerous drug. And this just goes to show how dangerous it really is. This product needs to be OFF THE MARKET! Not only does it cause easy agitation and possible brain swelling it can cause seizures, severe headaches and long term damage to the person who smokes it. That poor baby was probably doing nothing more than what a normal baby would do when this happened but the affects of spice smoking cause this father to become enraged for something small. We need to outlaw this product in Mohave County. Those who think this is a safe drug are mistaken

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