Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
MAN CONVICTED OF MURDERING GIRLFRIEND’S
9-MONTH-OLD SON WHILE BABYSITTING BY CRUSHING BABY’S HEAD AGAINST WALL
SANTA ANA – A man was convicted today of murdering his girlfriend’s 9-month-old son by causing fractures to the child’s skull to make him stop crying. Alexander Lucas Barnes, 20, Santa Ana, was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of second degree murder and one felony count of child abuse resulting in death. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison at his sentencing Jan. 13, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-30, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On Oct. 6, 2009, Barnes was babysitting his girlfriend’s 9-month-old baby Isaiah Prim-Ortiz for the first time while his girlfriend went to class at a nearby community college. Barnes was the primary caregiver for the victim while at the defendant’s mother’s house. The defendant was not baby Isaiah’s biological father.
Late that morning, the defendant became angry with the victim for crying. He abused the baby by crushing the victim’s head against a wall, causing blunt force trauma and multiple fractures to both sides of the head. The defendant then put the victim back in his crib. Baby Isaiah was fatally injured and stopped breathing.
Shortly after 1:00 p.m., the defendant’s mother went to check on baby Isaiah and discovered that he was not breathing. The victim was transported to the hospital and was pronounced dead at 4:07 p.m. as a result of multiple skull fractures.
The Santa Ana Police Department investigated this case. Senior Deputy District Attorney Steve McGreevy of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.