Mother, Boyfriend Charged in Death of 10-Month-Old Who Had Fractured Skull

Bill Pan
By Bill Pan
September 3, 2019US News
Mother, Boyfriend Charged in Death of 10-Month-Old Who Had Fractured Skull
Jahlin Corey (L) and Dennisa Vega-Rivera are facing multiple charges in the death of Dennisa's 10-month-old infant. (Gwinnett County Police Department)

A Georgia woman and her boyfriend have been arrested in connection with the death of a 10-month-old baby boy, police said.

The mother’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Jahlin Corey, is charged with two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of aggravated battery in the death of 10 month-old Amir Vega. The baby’s mother, Dennisa Vega-Rivera, was also charged with one count of cruelty to children.

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Jahlin Corey (L) and Dennisa Vega-Rivera (R) are facing multiple charges in the death of Dennisa’s 10-year-old infant. (Gwinnett County Police Department)

According to the Gwinnett County Police Department, a call came in on Monday, at around 4:40 a.m., saying a baby was having breathing issues.

The infant was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and died shortly after arriving at the facility, police said.

The hospital staff notified Gwinnett Police after they found injuries on the child’s body. An autopsy at Gwinnett Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that the baby suffered severe injuries including, but not limited to, a fractured skull, fractured ribs, and intestinal bleeding.

When confronted about the autopsy findings, Jahlin Corey and Dennisa Vega-Rivera gave “inconsistent” explanations with the findings and they were both arrested, police said.

The two were booked into the Gwinnett County Jail with no bonds.

California Man Arrested for Severely Beating 13-Day-Old Son

Two weeks ago police arrested a Santa Ana man suspected of beating and severely injuring his 13-day-old son. The infant boy also tested positive for methamphetamine.

Jonathan Reyes, 22, was arrested after the boy’s mother woke up to find the child “badly beaten” and brought him to an emergency room, the Santa Ana Police Department said in a news release.

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A mug shot of Jonathan Reyes. (Santa Ana Police Department)

Along with a skull fracture and internal injuries, the 13-day-old newborn was hospitalized in critical condition suffering from multiple visible injuries to his face and body.

The investigation quickly led detectives to identify Reyes, the child’s biological father, as the primary suspect, police said. Police determined that Reyes beat his infant son while in his care as the mother slept.

Reyes denied harming the child, but admitted to using methamphetamine while caring for the child when the mother was asleep, police said.

The Orange County Register reported that Reyes had been arrested in July on suspicion of a robbery that took place in March, and was free on bail at the time of the child abuse. He has pleaded not guilty to one felony count of child endangerment and abuse, and was booked at the Orange County jail in lieu of $170,000 bail.

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