A 2-year-old Tacoma boy who died Saturday under suspicious circumstances had injuries too numerous to count and a blood-alcohol level so high it exceeded the legal limit for Washington drivers, court records show.
Pierce County prosecutors on Wednesday charged the 19-year-old boyfriend of the childs mother with first-degree murder and first-degree child rape.
Not guilty pleas were entered on Jake Musgas behalf in Superior Court. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Musga jailed in lieu of $2 million.
Prosecutors allege Musga inflicted deliberate cruelty on Chayson Colley and knew the boy was a particularly vulnerable victim. That would qualify Musga for a stiffer prison sentence if hes convicted as charged.
Firefighters were called to the Commencement Terrace apartment complex, 29 St. Helens Avenue, about 4 a.m. Saturday by a witness who found a crying Musga holding a child covered with bruises, court records show.
The boy lived at Commencement Terrace with his mother, who works as a leasing agent for the complex, and with Musga, court records show.
Chayson was taken to the hospital where he later died. Doctors said the boy showed no significant brain activity, had bleeding in his brain and stomach, had suffered a collapsed lung and bruising around his rectum, and registered a blood-alcohol level of .12, court records show. The legal limit for drivers in Washington is .08.
Detectives later interviewed Musga, who told them Chayson was a rambunctious boy who bruised easily. Musga said the boy had banged his head on a counter, fallen in the bathtub and fallen out of bed in the 48 hours prior to his death, court records show.
Musga also said Chayson might have gotten hold of a vodka-and-cola hed made himself Friday night, the records show.
Musga and the boys mother noticed some bruising on Chayson Friday and allegedly called the boys pediatrician and sent him a photo, court records show. The doctor allegedly told them to keep an eye on Chayson and seek medical care if the bruises got worse.
Worried that they might be blamed for the bruises, they decided to keep the boy home, court records show.
Chaysons mother left the boy with Musga later that evening when she went out of town to celebrate her birthday with relatives, prosecutors said. Musga, who is unemployed, also had watched Chayson while the woman worked, court records show.
Musga told detectives said he and the boy went to bed together about midnight Friday.
A while later, Musga heard a thump, prosecutors wrote in charging documents. He got up and found (Chayson) on the floor next to the bed.
Musga said the boy was not crying, his eyes were open, and he had a smile on his face and that expression never changed, the records show.
Soon after, Musga realized Chayson wasnt breathing and went to the lobby to get help, he told detectives.
Investigators later served a search warrant at the Commencement Terrace and found numerous used diapers and used baby wipes that appeared to contain blood, court records show.
Medical examiners later determined Chaysons injuries were too numerous to count but that he had suffered fatal blows to both his forehead and torso, records show.
The injuries were inconsistent with a child falling off a couch or inadvertently banging his head on a counter top, prosecutors wrote in charging papers.
Chaysons mother declined to make a statement. She has not been charged.
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