Man Thew Child to Ground, Charged with Murder
District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced that a Bronx man has been indicted on Murder and Manslaughter charges in the death of his 38-day-old son.
Clark said, “The defendant allegedly threw his infant son to the ground after he became frustrated with the baby’s crying. We will pursue justice for this most innocent victim and for the family members coping with such a horrible loss.”
Clark said the defendant, Christian Rodriguez, 25, of the Bronx, was arraigned on second-degree Murder, and first and second-degree Manslaughter before Bronx Supreme Court Justice George Villegas. The defendant was remanded and is due back in court on June 5, 2019.
According to the investigation, on the night of March 18, 2019, the defendant left a family gathering with the infant, Aiden Rodriguez, and went to their Bronx home.
The defendant said he hit the baby’s head on the edge of a doorframe while holding him and trying to maneuver the stroller into the bedroom.
Rodriguez allegedly threw the child on the floor after the child would not stop crying.
The victim was taken to Lincoln Hospital where doctors were able to revive and intubate Aiden.
The newborn was transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital where he went into cardiac arrest upon arrival and was pronounced dead after efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
According to the medical examiner, the infant had several injuries to his body, including a large skull fracture and trauma to his brain.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.