A Richmond, Califormia man and woman, Ray Ray Darn and Marilyn Northington, have been convicted of assault on a child causing death and involuntary manslaughter in the tragic case of their infant son, Amary Darn. The couple was acquitted of murder charges. The verdict was reached after four days of deliberation by the jury in Contra Costa Superior Court.
Amary Darn, who was only 5 weeks old at the time of his death, suffered from broken bones, sores, burns, starvation, and had methamphetamine in his bloodstream. The parents admitted him to a nearby hospital where he later passed away. The evidence presented during the trial was described as horrific.
During the trial, both defense attorneys pointed fingers at the other parent, creating a situation where each defendant was accused of wrongdoing. Darn’s lawyer argued that Amary died from “toxic breast milk” from his drug-addicted mother and criticized the pathologist’s autopsy report. Northington’s lawyer portrayed Darn as a serial abuser who took advantage of Northington’s intellectual disability.
At the time of Amary’s death, the couple was residing in the Courtyard by Marriott in Richmond, through the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program. Amary was born a few days after Christmas 2020 and died in early February. He had suffered multiple fractures, burns, and was severely malnourished.
The sentencing will be determined by Contra Costa Judge Terri Mockler, who will decide whether to stack the sentences or run them concurrently. Assault on a child causing death carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.