Couple charged with murder, kid abuse in connection with death of 13-day-old infant

WEST JORDAN, Utah (KSL/CNN)– A Utah couple was accuseded of murder in the death of a newborn young boy who lived only 13 days.

Maria Elena Sullivan, 26, and Dylan James Kitzmiller, 21, were each charged Friday in 3rd District Court with murder, a first-degree felony, and three counts of child abuse inflicting severe physical injury, a second-degree felony.

District attorneys have actually issued $1 million arrest warrants for Sullivan and Kitzmiller.

The boy was born Sept. 4 with no recognized medical issue, court documents state. Sullivan was coping with Kitzmiller at the time in the basement of one of Kitzmiller’s relatives.

On Sept. 17, emergency situation crews were contacted us to your home because the infant was in full arrest, the charges state. The child made “grunting” and “gasping” sounds before he stopped breathing, the couple told police. The infant was noticable dead at the scene.

Both authorities and medical teams saw “bruising around the infant’s eyes,” his shoulder and his arm, as well as an injury to his ear, charges state.

When spoken with by detectives, Sullivan said she had actually called a buddy that night to say “she needed a method to obtain far from Kitzmiller’s abuse” of her and her kid, according to court files.

Sullivan later on told cops that Kitzmiller was “using heroin every day” and was “rough” when he picked up the baby, charges state.

When Kitzmiller became angry, he would get the baby “by the shoulder, triggering his head to turn, and throw the newborn baby up in the air,” according to court files. He likewise slapped and bit the child, charges state.

But district attorneys likewise kept in mind that Sullivan “continued to leave (the boy) in Kitzmiller’s care” and “never ever sought treatment” for him regardless of understanding the swellings and marks.

Kitzmiller told authorities that both he and Sullivan used heroin on the day of the young boy’s death, charges state.

An autopsy revealed the infant slimmed down throughout his brief life, going from 5 pounds at birth to 4 pounds at the time of his death, according to court documents, “a loss of about 14 percent of his body mass.”

An autopsy also exposed a fractured arm that seemed a “fresh” injury, a broken rib and a hurt spinal cord, charges state.

In addition, the infant’s “brain was significantly injured” and inflamed, according to charging files. The initial cause of death was determined to be severe brain injuries, court records state.

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