By Scott Alonso, Public Information Officer, Office of the District Attorney, Contra Costa County
Yesterday, Tuesday, February 9, 2021, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office filed murder charges against RayRay Andrederral Darn (35-years-old) and Marilyn Northington (28-years-old) for the death of their five-week old boy. The defendants were also charged with felony child abuse and felony assault on a child causing death. An enhancement was also filed tied to the child abuse charge against the defendants: willful harm causing injury or death. (See related article)
Richmond Police Department investigated the case and presented it to our Office for filing. Homicide Unit Supervisor Derek Butts reviewed the investigation and filed the charges listed above.
In the late evening of February 4, the defendants took their baby to the Kaiser Hospital in Richmond due to the baby not breathing. The couple was staying at the Courtyard Marriott in Richmond. When the couple arrived at the emergency room, the baby was seen by a doctor and the doctor pronounced the baby dead. Visible injuries were seen on the baby, including burn marks on his face and his right leg appeared broken and had been burned. A circular mark was present on the baby’s leg where the burn injury occurred. Additionally, the baby appeared severely malnourished.
A search warrant later executed by the Richmond Police Department found drug paraphernalia in the hotel room, including a meth pipe and two butane lighters.
An autopsy conducted by the Coroner’s Office found the victim had suffered from the following injuries: broken right femur, facial scarring, dehydration and malnourishment, bruising on the top of his right thigh, thermal burns on his nose and right cheek, and thermal burns to his lower part of his body. An internal examination by the Coroner’s Office found internal injuries consisting of seven fractured ribs, bleeding inside his skull and a skull fracture.
Both defendants will appear in Department 1 today at 1:30 p.m. for their arraignment. The bail for each defendant is $2,200,000.
Case information: People v. RayRay Andrederral Darn & Marilyn Northington, Docket Number 02-334044-5