Youngstown police: 19-year-old father charged with murder of infant

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A 2-month-old baby died over the weekend and now his father, 19-year-old Xavier Richardson, is charged with murder.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said City Prosecutor Jeff Limbian.

Xavier Richardson, Jr. died at St. Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday night.

Police said when they found the infant, he was blue, not breathing and had signs of abuse.

“As a result of a horrific child abuse situation, this child has died,” Limbian said.

The father is charged with murder, felonious assault and child endangerment.

Authorities said the baby’s mother left the child in Richardson’s care at a home on Wick Avenue while she was at work.

Richardson told officials he was asleep, then he noticed the child gasping for air.

The baby was taken to the hospital that night.

“The doctors tried valiantly to save the child but, unfortunately, the child succumbed to his injuries,” Limbian said.

There were several injuries on the baby, including something Limbian said he’s never seen before — “absolutely horrifying bite marks.”

“Injuries that no human being, particularly a baby, should have to suffer,” he said.

An autopsy is being done on the infant. The charges could be increased in severity depending on what the coroner finds.

“Since the baby can’t speak for himself, it’ll be a matter of the coroner determining exactly the depth and the breadth of the injuries that led to the child dying,” Limbian said.

Richardson was video-arraigned on Monday in Youngstown Municipal Court. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for next Monday, March 25.

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