Colin pleads not guilty to charges he killed his girlfriend's son

MILWAUKEE -- Marcos Colin pleaded not guilty on Monday morning, November 12th to charges he killed his girlfriend's five-year-old son, Jayden Banda. Jayden's mother, Alyssa Banda, is also accused in this case.

Alyssa Banda and Marcos Colin each face one count of child neglect resulting in death. Colin also faces charges of physical abuse of a child and bail jumping.

An autopsy determined Jayden Banda-Goodman died as a result of blunt force trauma.

The Medical Examiner determined Jayden suffered from a severe blood infection that resulted from stool leaking out from a “perforated intestine.” According to the Medical Examiner’s report, Jayden Banda-Goodman also sustained “an injury to the femoral artery.” The origin of that injury was not determined.

Alyssa Banda told investigators that on October 16th, she noticed a bruise on her son’s left cheek. The following day, she discovered bruises all over the boy’s torso. She told detectives she asked Colin, who was home alone with the child both days, how the boy got the bruises. Colin said he was jabbing the boy with boxing gloves to “toughen him up.”

On October 19th, Alyssa Banda told police Jayden Banda-Goodman went to pick up socks off the floor when he sat down next to the couch and “did not look right.” 

When Colin and Alyssa Banda took Jayden to St. Francis Hospital, Colin did not want to go into the hospital. The complaint indicates “he was scared.” The complaint indicates before going into the hospital, Colin apparently did a Google search on his phone regarding concussions and asked about the condition of Jayden’s pupils and whether or not his legs were cold.

If convicted on the charges, Banda faces up to 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines. Colin faces up to 40 years in prison.

Colin will be back in court for a pre-trial conference on Saturday, December 3rd.

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