Court docs: California City child had injuries all over body
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Court documents obtained Tuesday by Eyewitness News offer details of the injuries sustained by a 2-year-old California City boy, who died last week allegedly at the hands of his mother's boyfriend.
Mathew Berry, 26, faces charges of first-degree murder and assault of a child.
Berry carried Pharaoh Van Vactor onto a regional transit bus outside California City. He told the driver that Pharaoh was not breathing, and medical aid was called, but it was too late.
The coroner's office determined Pharaoh died from blunt-force trauma.
New court documents detail bruising that covered the toddler's face, head and spine area. Other marks were found on the boy's arms, legs and inner thighs, according to the court documents.
Berry told Kern County sheriff's investigators that Pharaoh was injured when they were off-roading in Berry's pickup. The vehicle broke down in the desert, and Berry said Pharaoh died while he was carrying him for help, according to the court papers.
Berry told investigators that Pharaoh hit his head on the truck's dashboard. A pathologist said the injuries could not have been suffered in that manner, according to the court documents.
Berry admitted to shaking the toddler, but only after he became unresponsive, according to the court documents.
Berry's arraignment has been continued until next week.