Published On: Wed, May 11th, 2016

Florida man Dajuan Barnes arrested, girlfriend’s baby killed from broken spinal cord

A Florida man has been arrested and charged with murder after an 11-month-old baby was found dead with a broken spinal cord , said Tallahassee Police. Dajuan Barnes has been chargeed wtih second degree murder of his girlfriend’s baby, reportedly changing his story several times.

Police arrived to an apartment after a 911 call from Barnes to help assist emergency medical teams after receiving a report of a baby who was not breathing. The baby was transported to the hospital, where he later died, said police.

Dajuan Barnes

Dajuan Barnes

The arrest documents note that the child had been sick and was running a fever when his mother went to the store Friday night to get him more medicine. Emergency crews arrived on the scene and found the child lying on the couch in the apartment. Barnes told police that the child threw up on him and he became concerned with how the child was acting so he called 911.

Court documents note that while the woman was talking with police she was “visibly upset and crying.”

Barnes changed his story about several different small details when questioned at the scene and the police documented that he was still watching the movie Dracula while being questioned by police. Documents show that when he found out about the baby’s death, his demeanor never changed.

Barnes was arrested on charges of second degree murder.

Listed as Dr. Clark, the Medical Examiner found cause to suspect murder, as the officer wrote “Dr Clark explained to me that this would be an extremely hard blow to the body of the infant, and he had never witnessed this type of severity in his career as a Medical Examiner.”

According to Dr. Clark, the baby was slammed against another object so forcefully that it broke the baby’s back and caused the baby to bleed to death.

According to the Clerk of Court’s website, Barnes has an extensive criminal history with charges ranging from aggravated battery to murder.

In 2013, Barnes was found not guilty in the death of Jessie Rollins. The three other defendants in the case were convicted.


Meanwhile, the Department of Children and Families has released an official statement regarding the death of baby J.

“The murder of this child is absolutely horrific. We have immediately opened an investigation into the circumstances of this case and are deploying a team to examine our prior interactions with this family to determine if anything could have been done to prevent such a terrible act from taking place.”, Statement from Secretary Mike Carroll:

Barnes was being held in a Leon County Jail and no bond has been set.


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