Clayton man held on $1 million bond in death of infant

Published 2:42 pm Thursday, November 29, 2018

VIDALIA — A Clayton man accused of killing his infant child is being held on a $1 million bond following court proceedings last week, and investigators said the child’s injuries were “more than a shaken baby.”

Trashone D. Mayes, 24, of 204 Bingham St., Clayton, was arrested Nov. 15 — initially on a charge of attempted first-degree murder, said Concordia Parish Chief Deputy David Hedrick.

The charges were updated Nov. 19 to first-degree murder by Judge Don Burns in the Seventh Judicial District Court in Vidalia after the child died in a Baton Rouge Hospital, Hedrick said.

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Lt. Philip Smith of the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office said the infant was reportedly left in Mayes’ care while the rest of the family was away at work and school on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

When family members arrived home, the child was unresponsive, Smith said.

The family took the child to Riverland Medical Center, Hedrick said, and the child was later airlifted to Our Lady of the Lakes in Baton Rouge, where the child died.

“This is a tragic incident,” Hedrick said after the incident. “Please keep the child’s family and loved ones in your prayers.”

Smith said autopsy results indicated the child was abused, but would not release any more details while the investigation is ongoing.

“Based of the preliminary autopsy, the injuries to the child are more than a shaken baby,” Hedrick said.