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Enraged when a baby boy wouldn’t stop crying, a Roy man repeatedly, and fatally, punched the month-old infant in the head, police and prosecutors say.

Matthew Daniel Graves, a 22-year-old ex-con, awaits a Thursday status hearing before 2nd District Judge Joseph Bean on a first-degree felony aggravated murder charge in the death of the child. He is being held without bail in the Weber County jail.

The infant was rushed to Ogden Regional Hospital and then flown by medical helicopter to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he later died. Doctors there determined the child had suffered cranial and neck fractures and massive brain damage.

The probable cause statement notes that when interviewed by officers at the hospital, Graves “admitted he had gotten angry because the infant was crying and had punched him repeatedly in the head.”

He also allegedly told police he could not remember how many times he struck the child, “as he had blacked out from rage.” Graves also commented that “he is a monster [and had] lost all hope in life and is going to lose everything,” court documents state.

Graves was on probation at the time of the incident, having earlier been convicted a year ago for unlawful possession of a firearm and drug-related offenses.
http://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/09/12/roy-man-charged-with-murder-in-beating-death-of-month-old-baby/
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Matthew Daniel Graves, 24, pleaded guilty in January to one count of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony. In return, prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor drug charge and a felony charge of allowing a child to be exposed to a controlled substance.

For his guilty plea, prosecutors also agreed not to pursue the death penalty or give Graves a life sentence, according to Graves’ plea agreement. Prosecutors recommended that Graves be sentenced to 25 years to life in prison, however that decision will be made by a judge during Graves’ sentencing hearing.
 

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A Roy man has been sentenced to 25-years-to-life in prison after pleading guilty to causing the death of his newborn son.

Matthew Daniel Graves, 24, accepted a pleaded guilty in February, and on Tuesday, was sentenced for the September 2017 aggravated murder of his month-old son, Brayden.

Graves admitted to punching the infant because Brayden’s crying made him angry.

Interviewed on Sept. 8, 2017, at the hospital, Graves “admitted that he had gotten angry because the infant was crying and had punched him repeatedly in the head,” the statement says.

“Matthew stated that he could not remember how many times he hit the infant as he blacked out from rage. Matthew made comments that he is a monster, that he has lost all hope in life and is going to lose everything.”

Graves also admitted to drug use in the home where he was living with the infant and the baby’s 5-year-old sibling, who “described seeing multiple instances where Matthew would spank the infant and also described instances of domestic violence in the home,” the probable cause statement says.
 

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