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Couple Faces 25 Years to Life in Child Abuse Case That Caused Death of an Infant

Press Release

by CC News
District Attorney

Martinez, California – Yesterday, after four days of deliberation, a jury in Contra Costa  County returned guilty verdicts against the parents who abused their infant son – which caused  his death.

38-year-old Rayray Andrederral Darn and 31-year-old Marilyn Northington were charged with  Murder [PC187(a)], assault on a child causing death [PC273ab(a)], child abuse [PC273a(a)],  with a special allegation of willful harm or injury resulting in death [PC12022.95].

On February 4th, 2021, the couple’s actions led to the death of their 5-week-old son while they  were residing at a hotel in Richmond. A hotel employee called Richmond police after witnessing  Darn and Northington running out of their room with a baby reportedly not breathing. Officers  responded to a local hospital after confirming there was an infant in the emergency room who  was not breathing.

During an investigation – and later after an autopsy by the Coroner’s Office – it was determined the infant died from injuries inflicted by his parents.

The injuries to the baby included a broken femur, burn marks on his face and other parts of his body, fractured ribs, a
skull fracture, and bleeding inside his skull. Additionally, the child suffered from severe  malnutrition, and dehydration – as well as testing positive for methamphetamine.

On October 9th, 2023, a jury found the couple guilty of involuntary manslaughter [PC192(b)],  assault on a child under 8-years-old causing death, and child abuse with the special allegation of  willful harm or injury resulting in death.

The penalty Darn and Northington face is 25 years to life.

Both defendants will be sentenced on  December 15th at 8:30 a.m. by Judge Terri Mockler

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Street Sweeper October 10, 2023 - 4:57 pm

Sentence them to life and put them in GP.

ME October 11, 2023 - 9:45 am

Totally agree.

LoveableCurmudgeon October 14, 2023 - 4:00 pm

Anyone causing injury to a child is a monster. Anyone who causes the death of a child is a monster who deserves a stake through the heart. 25 years!?!? LIFE! No parole

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