Des Moines teen charged with 8-month-old daughter's death

Published: Jul. 15, 2018 at 4:06 PM CDT
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Police are investigating Des Moines’ seventh homicide so far this year after an infant died Saturday evening.

Des Moines police were sent at approximately 4:25 p.m. Friday to Mercy Medical Center to investigate a report of an 8-month-old girl with serious inflicted injuries.

Officers learned that the child had internal injuries, as well as traumatic injuries to the head.

The next day, the child, identified as Raija Straight, died. The circumstances of her death weren't immediately clear.

Des Moines Police Department detectives consulted with the Polk County Attorney’s Office, and criminal charges were approved in this investigation.

The child’s father, 17-year-old Jayden Straight, of Des Moines, turned himself in to the Des Moines Police Department early Sunday. He was charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment resulting in death.

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