A 3-month-old girl who suffered multiple brain injuries allegedly at the hands of her father died Aug. 11, according to family.
An Aug. 8 post on a GoFundMe page for baby Maja said she had “little to no brain activity, and she will be removed from life support in the coming days.”
Family said on the fundraising page that Maja had reached her 3-month milestone two days before her death.
“I know Maja is happy and dancing with her Great Opa!” the GoFundMe reads. “Again, your love and support has been beyond measures of words! I thank everyone who has reached out to help, and the endless amount of prays and thoughts have been felt!”
The baby’s father, Elijah I. Partida, 22, appeared Aug. 12 via video in Clark County Superior Court on a warrant for first-degree assault of a child-domestic violence.
A prosecutor said Monday the charge will be amended but did not say what the new charge will be. Partida has an arraignment hearing scheduled for Aug. 26.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, a medical exam revealed the baby suffered brain bleeding and fractures to four lower ribs near the spine that were in various stages of healing. The court document does not detail how she was injured.
Maja was reportedly last in Partida’s care when she became unresponsive Aug. 5 and was taken by air ambulance to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, the affidavit says.
A child abuse pediatrics specialist at the hospital said the baby’s injuries were “not likely caused by any accidental mechanism, and no history provided by the parents explained the injury,” the affidavit reads
When interviewed by police, Partida said he didn’t know how the baby became injured. He said she was fussy and appeared to have a seizure before becoming unresponsive, according to the affidavit.
To support Maja’s family, visit www.gofundme.com/f/praying-for-maja.