Man Convicted of Murdering Girlfriend's 17-Month-Old Son

Coroner's officials testified that the boy suffered as many as 21 blows to the head, with doctors from the hospital testifying that it was one of the worst injuries they had seen to a child, according to the District Attorney's Office.

A man was convicted Tuesday of murdering his girlfriend's 16-month-old son.

A Pomona Superior Court jury deliberated about 4 1/2 hours before finding Stephen Douglas Hoffman, 24, guilty of second-degree murder and assault on a child causing death, according to Deputy District Attorney Taraneh Saba.

Hoffman was watching his Azusa girlfriend's baby, Malaikye Payne, while his girlfriend was working an overnight shift on Aug. 13, 2011, according to the prosecutor.

At about 2:20 a.m. that day, Hoffman texted his girlfriend an image of her son with a developing bruise on his face and told her that the boy had fallen off the bed and onto a toy, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The woman returned home after work, went to bed at 6 a.m. and called 911 three hours later after being alerted by Hoffman that her son was having difficulty breathing, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The boy was declared brain-dead when he was taken to the hospital, and was taken off life-support two days later.

A few months after the child's death, Hoffman changed his account of what had happened and said the child fell on the floor after jumping on the bed, the prosecutor said.

Coroner's officials testified that the boy suffered as many as 21 blows to the head, with doctors from the hospital testifying that it was one of the worst injuries they had seen to a child, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The boy's death was investigated by the Azusa Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau. Hoffman was arrested seven months after the boy died, authorities said.

Hoffman is facing a maximum 25-year-to-life term in state prison, with sentencing set April 4 before Judge Thomas C. Falls.

– City News Service. 

Vito Spago February 26, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Judy: What have you got to do with this. Any good lawyer should bring out the truth. Not a comment in the Patch.
Heidi Levick-Marshman February 27, 2014 at 12:18 PM
You obviously didn't HEAR the evidence since you said said you were in the court room for most of the trial. The most important thing we need to remember is Stephen himself changed his story twice and admitted to being with baby Kye when the injuries happened. There was never one single mention of falling down any stairs. Order the transcripts. The grandpa did not say he SAW Kye fall. He said that Stephen came out and TOLD him he fell off the couch while he was mowing the lawn. Order the transcripts. The text that he sent to the mother at 230am after he beat him actually said "your Damn kid fell off his bed again" Order the transcripts. Who does that when you know what you just did to that baby? It is fine that you see this differently but dont add things that weren't said or didn't happen.
Heidi Levick-Marshman February 27, 2014 at 12:24 PM
And nothing at all matters before that day. It does not matter that the biological father or his family had absolutely nothing to do with Kye by their own choice. It doesn't matter if mom didn't get tests done that would have proved that nothing was wrong with Kye. It doesn't matter how nice someone was to you at a family bbq...on Aug 13th 2011 someone made a big mistake and fatally injured a baby. That is all that matters today and 12 people decided he will pay for it. I always ask myself...what would you do if Kye was your baby. You would want justice. Ask yourself this question please and see how you feel
Melissa Anderson February 27, 2014 at 04:24 PM
Heidi, you were proven on the stand to be a liar. You changed your story your recorded statement to the police. Perjury is against the law or have you forgotten that. You should be ashamed of yourself along with Kim and Jazmin Payne who were also proven liars on the stand. You think jury tampering isn't going to be looked into by the judge, you think this is the end. There will come a day when the ACTUAL guilty parties will be held to answer for what they did and there will come a day when you yourself will have to face your maker and account for the lies and misleading you played in this matter. The truth will come out and Stephen Hoffman will go free.


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