The parents of a 15-month-old child found dead Sunday in a Farmington Hills motel room were arraigned Wednesday afternoon before Judge Marla Parker on homicide and other felony charges.
Isaias Aurelio Porras, 31, one count each of murder and first-degree child abuse, and Amanda Jajou, 30, face charges of second-degree murder, second-degree child abuse degree and complicity after the crime in the death of Isaias Daniel Porras. The two are imprisoned, deprived of bail by Parker.
At the arraignment, which took place in the 47th District Court, Deputy Prosecutor Amy MacGregor said the infant’s body was “covered with bruises from head to toe” and died of brain damage caused by a “blunt injury” to the head. Farmington Hills Police officers found him under a pile of blankets while conducting a welfare check on the child at Motel 6 on Grand River Avenue near Halsted Road.
The welfare check was carried out after family members went to the Farmington Hills Police Department earlier today and requested it.
At the motel, MacGregor said, the couple first told officers the child was not with them and that they had given him away. Officers then searched the room and made the gruesome discovery.
On arraignment, defense attorney Richard Small pleaded not guilty to all charges on behalf of Porras and Jajou, who requested court-appointed attorneys.
Small said the couple had “common-law” marital status in Colorado, where they previously lived.
Farmington Hills Police Chief Jeff King said Porras, Jajou and their baby had stayed at the motel for an extended period of time and did not expect to have any more children.
Prosecutors allege that Porras beat the baby, resulting in his death, and Jajou witnessed it and tried to help him cover it up. MacGregor said Jajou watched the assault and “did nothing to help” the child, even when she saw he was having seizures from his injuries.
The baby was born on July 4, 2020.
King said his department and the community are “heartbroken by this tragic loss, and my thoughts and prayers are with the child’s family.” He urges anyone who is concerned for the safety and well-being of family, friends or neighbors to contact their local police department or call 9-1-1.
“One of the main functions of a police officer is protecting life, recognizing security concerns, acting to intervene and ensuring the safety of everyone involved.
Porras and Jajou are scheduled to attend a probable causes conference on October 20 before Judge James Brady of the 47th District Court.