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    Damian Porter, 25

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    Davonna Byrd, 24

Two charged in 2013 infant death

Published: Friday, Jun. 27, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Two people were charged Wednesday in the 2013 death of a 2-month-old baby.

Davonna Byrd, 24, and Damian Porter, 25, both of Sacramento, were taken to the Sacramento County Main Jail Thursday. They were arrested Wednesday in San Francisco and charged with murder and assault on a child with force likely to produce great bodily injury resulting in death.

Byrd and Porter were the guardians of Byrd’s 2-month-old son. The Sacramento Metro Fire Department found the child unresponsive at an apartment complex in the 2200 block of Edison Avenue in Arden-Arcade on April 8, 2013.

The child was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The Sacramento County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy and found multiple injuries on the baby’s body indicative of child abuse.

Sgt. Lisa Bowman, public information officer for the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, said the department interviewed neighbors, relatives and Byrd and Porter after the autopsy results.

“Obviously a 2-month-old can’t speak and a dead 2-month-old can’t speak at all,” Bowman said.

The warrant for Byrd and Porter’s arrest was issued on June 3.


Bee Staff Writer Will Wright contributed to this report Contact Isabelle Taft, (916) 321 1101

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