For Immediate Release - November 12, 2013

Lawrence Man Pleads Guilty to Murdering His Son

Alexis O. Medina, 26, pleaded guilty to second degree murder today in Lawrence Superior Court for killing his 3-month old son, also named Alexis Medina.  Judge Richard E. Welch sentenced him to life in prison with the possibility of parole.  He also sentenced him to 10 – 11 years for assault and battery on a child causing substantial injury to be served concurrently. 

If the case had gone to trial, Essex Assistant District Attorney Kate MacDougall would have introduced evidence that would have proven that on the morning of December 28, 2011, the defendant pushed down on his son, causing him to suffocate.  Later, the defendant’s mother discovered her grandson motionless in his crib and the baby was rushed to Lawrence General Hospital.  There, doctors discovered multiple fractures including broken ribs.  The baby was airlifted to Tufts Medical Center where he died the next day.  During the investigation, the defendant told police that he was frustrated that the baby would not go to sleep and that he put him face down in his crib and pushed on his back until he stopped crying. 

“This is a heartbreaking murder of a defenseless infant,” said ADA MacDougall.  MacDougall praised the work of Lawrence Police Detectives Paul McMillan and Carlos Cueva and Massachusetts State Police Detective Joshua Ulrich for their work on the case.  The baby’s mother, Jocelyn DeJesus and her family received assistance from Essex Victim Advocate Christina Garcia.

Medina was represented by Attorney Ronald Ranta and will be eligible for parole in 15 years.