Father Arrested In Beating Death of 3-Month-Old


A 3-month-old has died, the victim of abuse allegedly at the hands of his own father.

Colorado Springs police say they were called on the morning of April 15 to 1617 E. Woodmen Road, Apt. #141 regarding a 3-month-old infant who was unconscious and not breathing.

The infant was transported to Memorial Hospital Central by ambulance. Medical personnel tried to resuscitate the boy but he was pronounced deceased at approximately 9:29 a.m.

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office completed an autopsy and has determined the manner of death was homicide and the cause of death was due to multiple blunt force strikes. The victim has been identified as 3-month-old Jayden Pierce.

The baby's father, 19-year-old James E. Pierce, has been arrested and charged with First Degree Murder. He made his first court appearance Tuesday, and is being held in jail without bond.

It's unclear what may have triggered the alleged attack on Jayden, but it's the kind of the death that some say can be prevented.

Sally Duncan is a Trauma Outreach and Injury Prevention Specialist at Memorial Hospital. She didn't comment on this case, but she says child abuse often stems from parents who are frustrated with their crying baby.

"People lose their patience, get very frustrated with crying babies thinking they have to solve the problem and they may shake, toss or hit the baby," said Duncan.

Duncan is working to prevent future child deaths, by teaching parents how to cope with crying babies. Before leaving the hospital, all new parents are required to watch a video showing the dangers of hitting or shaking a baby.

There are other resources available for parents who are in a tough situation. KPC Kids Place offers free childcare for up to 72 hours. You can call their 24-hour hotline 719-634-5439.

If you have information about this incident please call police at 719-444-7000. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call Crime-stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867) or you can simply text CSPD and your tip to 847411 (TIP411).

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  • by Lindsay Location: na on May 4, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    Umm unless ANY of you guys were there or know the ENTIRE TRUTH to the story I think you all should keep your opinions to yourself and stop judging him. If your lives are that sad that you need to sit on a message board and bash this person that you don't even know then i think you need to get a life. You might know his name but you dont know his story.
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      by mom of an infant on May 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM in reply to Lindsay
      But we're not sleeping with him...
  • by umm... Location: Colorado Springs on May 1, 2011 at 10:03 PM
    So Pamela, what if you were to wake up to your child, beaten to death, and no one else around? You call the police, they come. Autopsy reports come in, and you were the one alone with the child when the police arrived, so that would make you the obvious killer, right? Think about it, 8 am... you have no idea what happened. I have no idea what happened. Let it go, and pray for everyone involved.
  • by Dear "Anonymous" on Apr 29, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    You're the one ghetto. Leave her alone. This father is going thru hell and I'm sure the mother is to. Let us pray for the best. Do not judge unless you wish to be judged. The small child is in heaven with god, let us pray things like this never happen again. If you need help, call a friend. I do.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 08:52 AM in reply to Dear "Anonymous"
      He isn't, he doesn't care one bit and if he did he would have loved that baby. I have a problem with teenage, single parents with ghetto attitudes and she shows her age. Single, teenage pregnancy is a tell tale sign of a family's education and income level. Young pregnancy is irresponsible and selfish with the children often following in their parents footsteps; a vicious cycle. If this baby's mom and dad had been taught by their parents(who were also probably young and single) how to be responsible people this precious baby could have been born into a loving home. Now, before you people start bashing me; Yes, kids from affluent well educated families have become victims of abuse. Yes, children from single teenage mothers have grown up to be bright, successful, happy members of our society. Yes, children from wealthy married couples have become single teenage parents. By the way, it's through not thru.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM in reply to Dear "Anonymous"
      I wrote a long reply but KKTV obviously doesn't like comments that make a point.
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        by Dear "Anonymous" on Apr 29, 2011 at 12:04 PM in reply to
        There's a character cut off, so maybe your comment was too long? (call me an optimist). I'm not for teen pregnancy but I also don't feel abortion is appropriate. thru vs through does not reflect my education, I was typing fast because I have limited time in between customers. And/or when I use my cell, auto correct likes to change words on me. ooops. And I know well educated families who have had teen pregnancies and poorly educated families who have been struggling to get pregnant (They are in their late 30's). I think others on here made a good point. Let us wait and see the evidence before we judge. I do not know these people, I just know myself and what I would do with my own child.
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          by Anonymous on Apr 29, 2011 at 02:15 PM in reply to Dear "Anonymous"
          You're right, thru vs through doesn't reflect your education. Sorry. Text speak drives me crazy.
  • by random person on Apr 29, 2011 at 12:21 AM
    honestly, if James didn't do it who did? i really hope evidence proves he didn't, but when a homicide is determined by the el paso county coroner it is beyond a reasonable doubt. someone killed Jayden and there is obvious proof there
  • by pc Location: C/S on Apr 28, 2011 at 12:04 PM
    TO SINGLE MOMMY glad you did take a some sort of class,and that,s a great start but honestly there still needs to some common sence and good judgemnet calls done also. Classes are good in a lot of instances but use your head and know that there may be times your child needs more than you having a time out shower. Not knocking you for the classes but use your head. Us do gooders are on the war path and I don't have a problem letting you or any one else know. Abuse is rampide and we all need to pull together an help if we can. Lord knows we,ve all made mistsakes and will continue but helpless children and animal don't understand that and they just trust us and want our love.
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      by Single Mommy on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:10 AM in reply to pc
      Coming from a home of abuse, I understand. It was more verbal and occasionally physical. I refuse to hit my son. The 20 min I initially was referring to, was bedtime. Do you have children? Do your children cry before bed? Honsetly, I will be a better mom then what I had. I am proactive in his life and well being. I will be that mom fighting for his rights. I will be the mom at every possible soccor/baseball/football game. I will be the mom who goes into the principal's office demanding an explination why something bad happened, and "kids will be kids" is not an acceptable answer. I know there are bad parents out there, but I have a support group who will beat the hell out of me if i EVER do or say anything that my mom has dne to me. So again, before everyone judges me and accuse me of neglect, please understand I am not writing every detail on this board!
  • by Appalled Location: E Colo. Spgs. on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:38 AM
    Of course the only ones that can answer to what happened to little Jayden is the person who committed the crime. The baby has died as a result of the attack on him. Yes, James may have been a very nice young man as when you knew him; and yes, a person can act completely different at home then how they behave elswhere. How do you think these men attract their lady friends. It's called "grooming!". They are very charming soft spoken, polite individuals. But, what you didn't know is that they have a very short fuse, an explosive temper and fits of real anger! We do not know what happened, however, the police must have some reason to believe he was involved or he would not have been arrested. He knows what happened and if he was no only one at the residence at the time; then it is pretty substanial evidence that he had something to do with the crime of violence on this little baby. I have no sympathy what so ever for an abuser of any kind. He sounds like the book and movie "Dr. Jenkle and Mr. Hyde" from what alot of you are writing in. The bottom line is that a little innocent baby is now dead and someone will have to step up and tell the truth and take the penalty of such an act of violence. Too bad that all states do not require a physco evaluation before entering a relationship; let alone produce children!!
  • by Single Mommy on Apr 28, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    There is always 3 sides to every story. Side A, side B and what really happened.
  • by peter Location: el paso on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:52 PM
    i dont understand why people are going to argue over this and point fingers no one knows the whole story so stop and grow up none of you are taking the thoguths of this things happen and its life it is in the past now we can't change what happened i went to school with james and he was a good guy but thats right we all dont know him at home but idk why everyone is trying to start problems with everyone on kktv grow up
  • by Deus on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM
    Everyone has there ideas and theories on what happened, what is going to happen etc.. There are only two people who really know what this so called man, and the lord. Hopefully this so called man will make it easier on his friends and family, and speak the truth and the whole truth.
    He owes that to the child his friends and family say he loved so much...
  • by A Friend on Apr 27, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    All you need to calm down. Whether he did it or not, it's not your place to throw around what you think should happen to him. The only people who know the truth are the person who actually wounded the child, God and the child himself. James is a great person and would never have done this to child precious baby boy. Why is it that the finger always gets pointed at the father? It very well could have been the mother. And anyone who comments back to this posts defending the mother will be doing exactly what the rest of us are doing. Which is defending a friend. When the truth comes out proving that James is innocent I hope all you choke on your harmful words. I will be praying for you James. And Jayden will forever be in my thoughts and prayers, may he rest in peace.
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