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Mother charged with homicide in death of infant son

Matt Enright
York Dispatch

A Franklin County woman has been charged with homicide in the death of her 6-day-old son.

Destinee Rae Griffin-Bailey, 30, of Guilford Township, was charged Monday in the death of her son Xander Ray Reed. The homicide charge came after previous charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment.

According to state police, the charges stem from an incident on May 26, 2021, when emergency medical services responded to a report of an unresponsive infant. Life-saving measures were taken, but the infant was pronounced dead at 1:49 p.m. After an autopsy, police said it was determined Xander had died as a result of positional asphyxia.

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"Information was gleaned during the investigation that the mother of the victim, Destinee Griffin-Bailey negligently contributed to the death of the victim," a state police report read.

The homicide charge was filed through Magisterial District Judge Kelly L. Rock, and a preliminary hearing is pending. 

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Griffin-Bailey was initially arrested May 26. She's been held at Franklin County Jail, unable to post bail.

— Reach Matt Enright via email at menright@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @Matthew_Enright.