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Matthew Vandergriff
May 5, 2010 - June 16, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial

Close your eyes and imagine the pain of having to fight for your life, suffering from bruises and sores all over your body, both of your eyes swollen shut, being malnourished, dehydrated, having been shaken until your brain swells and on top of that, being sexually abused. Now imagine that your parents are the monsters who did that to you. Now imagine that you are only one month old. Is that something that is so horrible you can't even begin to imagine it ever happened? Well, it did!

Police were called to go to the Western Arizona Regional Medical Center Emergency Room because a one month old baby was brought in and was fighting to stay alive. Staci Lynn Barbosa, who was 19 years old at that time, took her one month old son to the hospital and was taken into police custody shortly after that. Jonathan Edward Vandergriff, who was 23 years old at the time and the father of this precious baby boy, turned himself into the police. A warrant was given to search their home and Police found Marijuana as well as other items were found and would be used as evidence against the couple

Staci and Jonathan were facing charges of molestation of a child, child abuse, aggravated assault and sexual conduct with a minor. Emily Montague, Bullhead City Police Spokesperson said that homicide charges were pending since Matthew Vandergriff died from the brutal attack. Staci and Jonathan were being held in the Mohave County Jail. Staci's bond was $250,000. and Jonathan's bond was set at $500,000.

Matthew died at sunrise. Family and friends were trying to understand what happen and how. Zachary Piper was the one who found Matthew after Mac Barbosa, Matthew's Uncle, called him for help:

"He was trying to cry. He couldn't really cry. He had bruising rings around his eyes and his
eyes were almost swollen completely shut. He was trying to get his breath, but he had real
short sporadic breaths"

Mad told his sister that she needed to take Matthew to the hospital. Matthew's parents did not want to take him since they knew he had been sexually assaulted:

"Right then and there I picked up his car seat and went out to my car, buckled him in"


Doctors at Western Arizona Regional Medical Center saw how severe the injuries were on this little Angel and he was airlifted to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas. Within 24 hours, he died. The family of this baby boy are upset saying they don't know how it happened, they just want justice:

"I'm happy they're in jail"
Mac Barbosa

"Staci Barbos and Jonathan Vandergriff are nothing to us now. I hope they stay in jail. I
hope they rot"
Krystal Peck

A two year old little girl, the sister of Matthew, was taken from the home and is in the custody of her Grandmother. Matthew's sister was said to be in good health and showed no signs of having been abused either physically or sexually. However, it would come out later than in 2006, Jonathan had plead guilty to abusing his eight month old daughter, a crime for which he would serve only 90 days in jail and three years of probation.

In a Bullhead City Justice Court room, Jonathan and Staci were both charged with felony counts which had
been filed by the Mohave County Attorney's Office:

"I did file a complaint. I did add charges, probably most significantly a charge of first-degree
murder.
Greg Phillips

Each of these monsters were charged with four felony counts, first degree murder, child abuse by domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 15 years old. Jonathan had been accused of child abuse in the past and he had served time in jail for that charge. After his release, he had been placed on probation and in July of 2007, was arrested for violating that probation.

After a Grand Jury indictment, Greg Phillips was undecided as for if he was going to seek the death penalty
against Jonathan and Staci. If they are convicted of the murder charge, the penalty could be as little as life in prison with a chance of parole after 25 years and as severe as the death penalty. Being against the death penalty, I would hope they get life in prison without the possibility of parole.

As things proceed, I am reading that Jonathan and Staci would NOT face the death penalty because Greg Phillips thought it would be a financial burden on the county and the state, saying that a death penalty case could cost $250,000. or more depending on how long the case lasts.

On October 5, 2011, Staci plead guilty to second-degree murder with all other charges being dropped. With the plea deal, staci would get 13 to 20 years with Judge Steven Conn presiding. Staci is due to be sentenced January 6, 2012. Today is January 4, 2012. I think a light sentence such as this should be followed by a hysterectomy for Staci.

I am not sure what is going on with Jonathan's case other than he won't be given the death penalty. It seems there have been several lawyer changes as well as problems with court dates. I'll try to keep this page updated as information becomes available.

Looking at the mug shots of these two monsters, their smug looks, their "I don't care" glares, it seems so sad to me that another child has come into this world and gone out, without any pictures being taken of them.

Here are some other points about this case that I found on a blog:

*Jonathan has a prior record of child abuse and served six months and was also involved in the drowning of another
  child as well as being accused of molesting another minor child.
*The couple has another daughter together who Jonathan is said to have bragged about molesting.
*The couple had a stillborn baby before Matthew was born.
*The couple are known Meth users and Matthew was born addicted to Meth.

I found this comment on another blog and am printing it just as I found it:

I AM THE GRANDMOTHER TO THE CHILD THAT DID SURPRISINGLY AND AMAZINGLY SURVIVED
THIS WHOLE ORDEAL. I AM VERY,VERY,VERY, HAPPY TO TELL ALL THAT GRANDAUGHTER WAS
UNTOUCHED, UNAHRMED. I AM INTOUCH WITH A WOMAN FROM CPS STEADLY DESPERATLY TO
TAKE CUSTODY OF HER, AND BRING HER HOME TO HER LOVING FAMLY THAT MISSES HER VERY
MUCH.I WILL BRING MATTHEW HOME ALSO FOR THE OTHER GRANDPARENTS DO NOT HAVE THE
RESOURSES NOR FUNDS TO BURY HIM PROPERLY.IAM AT A STANDSTILL WITH BRINGING
MATTHEW HOME FRO THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY HAS PUT A HOLD ON HIS BODY WHICH STILL
REMAINS AT THE FUNERAL HOME UP IN LAS VEGAS.PLAESE BULLHEAD CITY POLICE, THERE IS
NO DEFENSE IN THIS CASE AGAINST MY SON AND STACI BARBOSA. TO OPEN UP MY GRANDSON
AGAIN FOR ANOTHER AUTOPSY FOR A DEFENSE FOR THEM IS JUST A CUEL AND INHUMANE AS
WHAT JON AND STACI DID.PLEASE DON'T DO THIS.LET ME FLY HIM HOME ON THE PLANE WITH
THE ANGELS GUARDINGHIM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY SO HEA CAN BE AT PEACE.I WISH MY
NEWS STATIONS WHOULD HEAR ME UP HERE IN OHIO.I OM GETTING IMPATIENT OVER THIS.CAN
ANYONE HELP ME?

UPDATE:

In March of 2012, Staci Barbosa, who was 22 years old at the time had plead guilty to second-degree murder in June of 2012, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Not NEARLY enough for the suffering her one month old son went through because of her and her boyfriend. At that time, Jonathon Vandergriff was still awaiting trial.

UPDATE:

April of 2013 brought about the setting of a trial date for Jonathan Edward Vandergriff, who was 26 at the time. Jonathan was charged with first degree murder, child abuse by domestic violence and sexual assault of a minor under the age of 15. The delay was in part due to a contract with Creighton Cornell, Jonathan's lawyer, being terminated and resulting in his not being able to practice for two years. At the time he was assigned this lawyer, Jonathan was facing the death penalty, now he is not. Randall Craig, Jonathan's new lawyer as well as Creighton Cornell, are trying to reduce the number of doctors that will be able to testify and both said that they believe this trial will only take two weeks when it happens in February of 2014.

Superior Court Commissioner, Derek Carlisle had wanted the case to go to trial in October of November, however, it
did not happen due to Randall Craig having no time on his schedule to do so.

Staci Lynn Barbosa plead guilty to second degree murder in October of 2011 and Superior Court Judge Steven Conn
sentenced her in March 2012, to 15 years in prison, hardly enough for what this precious child went through.

Thank you to Sara for this much appreciated update and I am sure many more to come!

UPDATE:

Through the generosity of people all over the net, I have been able to update pages and include pictures, today, May 5, 2013, I was shown the only known picture of this precious Angel and have added it to his page.

UPDATE:

In January of 2014, Jonathon Vandergriff, who was 27 years old at by then, was sentenced to a mere 20 years in the death of Matthew. Once again, someone kills a child in one of the most horrific ways possible and is given a slap on the wrist because they are allow to plea out of a REAL sentence, which should be life without parole. Matthew said he took the plea deal to get out of spending more time in prison for something he didn't do, saying that Staci had been the one to kill Matthew.

Thank you to "T" for sending me this update.


UPDATE: August 13, 2016

I have gone back and forth on the issue with Matthew's picture. I was contacted by a woman who claimed to have a copyright or some kind of right to the picture. I was told she had legal rights of some kind to the picture. I took the picture down and placed Matthew BACK into the Faceless Innocence pages on my site. This woman and I went round and round about this. I finally asked her to send me proof of her legal right.

This woman then proceeded to tell me that Matthew's mother didn't deserve to see his picture. It seemed very important to this woman that Staci not see pictures of Matthew and it soon became apparent that there was no legal reason that the picture could not be shown. In fact, I checked a Facebook website only to find out this woman had caused some trouble there as well when she tried to take over and seemingly felt she was Matthew's guardian and no one had a right to see or use the picture without her permission. She didn't take the picture, I don't know who did, however, another person who had the picture sent it to me and allowed me to use it and since then, I have seen it in many places online. This woman told me she knew who gave me the picture, which I highly doubt, that everyone had agreed NOT to give the picture out and she was upset that it was given to me and was being shown on the internet.

I made the decision that this woman had control issues and that it was HER problem and I wouldn't allow her to make it mine. I don't know what this woman thinks she is trying to prove, however, Staci already KNOWS what Matthew looks like, after all, she DID give birth to him. Until I hear from an actual Lawyer that this picture should not be on this page, Matthew deserves to have his picture show WITHOUT words appearing over it, marring and taking away from him, like he is someone's property. Matthew is a child of God, he belongs to God, no one else and for anyone to think they have power over his picture, that they have power over HIM, God be with you, because you need him badly!

A memorial for Matthew



Matthew's Grave Stone



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