Raija Armoni Lynn Straight, 8 months old, passed away on July 14, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa from injuries she sustained from allegedly being abused by her father.
Des Moines police were called to the hospital on July 13 to investigate a report of an 8-month-old girl with “serious inflicted injuries,” according to a press release from Des Moines police.
Jayden Straight, 17, was charged Sunday with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in the death of Raija.
Raija suffered multiple skull fractures, a ruptured spleen, several broken ribs and massive retina hemorrhaging, according to a police affidavit.
A doctor told detectives that her injuries were “from a deliberate assault and could not be explained as unintentional or accidental,” the affidavit says.
According to the affidavit, Straight was the primary caregiver of Raija when he brought her unresponsive to the hospital.
“According to Jayden no other persons were around Raija that day, and was unable to provide any explanation as to how Raija received these injuries,” the affidavit states.
“The injuries only could have occurred in this short period of time and the only person who was with the child according to medical personnel was Jayden Straight.”
Raija’s mom was out of the home when the abuse occurred.
A candlelight vigil was held this evening to remember Raija. Our thoughts are with her mother and loved ones as they mourn her passing.
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