Marine Baby's Death Ruled a Homicide

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    NBCSanDiego

    The death of a Marine’s four-old-month-old baby has been ruled a homicide, according to the Medical Examiner’s office. The cause of death -- blunt force head trauma.

    The 22-year-old Marine was taking care of his one-year-old son and his infant son, Andru Bixby, inside his home at the military housing unit at MCAS Miramar on Wednesday.

    “They were watching TV,” Lt. Ernie Herbert said. “The father looked at the infant and discovered it wasn't breathing.”

    The father dialed 911, started CPR and asked neighbors for help, police said. But when medics took the baby to Rady Children's Hospital, something seemed unusual.

    “The baby had some injuries that were just not explained,” Lt. Herbert said.

    The newborn was put on life support. He died Thursday.

    The infant’s mother wasn't home at the time.

    “The mom takes care of the baby during the day and when dad came home from work, she went to school,” Lt. Herbert said.

    Investigators questioned the father, who was later released. It’s not yet clear if any arrests have been made.