Pahrump man jailed in death of infant son

A local man is facing child murder charges, following an investigation early last week.

Detectives from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell Robinson, 21, of Pahrump on Saturday in the death of his 6-month old son.

A sheriff’s office news release stated the investigation began on Monday, Sept. 4, when Nye County deputies and crews from Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services were dispatched to a residence in the 2000 block of West Simkins Street after receiving a 911 call that an infant had stopped breathing.

Life support

“Upon arrival, emergency live-saving measures were rendered and the child was immediately transported to Desert View Hospital,” the release stated. “The child was eventually revived and stabilized at Desert View, enough to be transported to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas and remained on life support.”

The release went on to say that medical examinations subsequently identified that the child’s grave and life-threatening condition was the result of intentional abuse and head trauma.

Previous incidents/child stopped breathing

“On Sept. 8, the child died as a result of traumatic head injuries which had remained unexplained to this point,” the release stated. “Additionally, it was discovered that the child had suffered a previous choking incident which remained unexplained in June of 2017. Medical examinations additionally discovered previous rib fractures, which were untreated.”

During an interview with Robinson on Sept. 9, by detectives, the release said that he admitted to shaking the baby “too hard.”

“He admitted to shaking the baby several times on the day the infant stopped breathing,” according to the release. “Robinson was placed in custody and booked in at the Nye County Detention Center, where he faces open murder and child abuse causing substantial bodily harm charges.

Robinson remains behind bars with no bail.

As the investigation is ongoing, anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact detectives at NCSO_DETECTIVES@CO.NYE.NV.US or at 775 751-7000.

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at, on Twitter: @pvtimes

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