On October 18,
2012, a six week old baby was found dead in the
apartment of Andrew Ray Moyer Sr, a 24 year old
man and Brianna E. Michael, a 23 year old woman.
These monsters were not strangers, they had not
kidnapped a child, they didn't find him on the
street, they were his parents and they tortured
and killed Andrew Ray Moyer Jr. when they should
have been taking care of him and showing him
nothing but love.
This beautiful six week old baby suffered burn
wounds, broken ribs, brain damage and injuries
to many of his internal organs:
does not get much more depraved than this.
They tortured their
week old son, refused to get him medical
treatment, then bashed
head repeatedly until he was dead"
Attorney - Craig Stedman
An affidavit stated that even though it was not
clear which of his parents had beaten him,
Andrew's parents would BOTH
be held responsible because neither of them
tried to get him the medical attention that
might have saved his life.
Police were called to their home at about
9:00p.m. that day and they were told that there
was an unresponsive infant. When they arrived,
Police didn't find an unresponsive infant, they
found the dead body of a six week old baby boy.
Three people were interviewed, Andrew Sr.,
Brianna and Brianna's mother's boyfriend,
William R. Long. Each of these adults claimed
they had no idea what had happened to baby
An autopsy was done and it showed that baby
Andrew had multiple traumatic injuries and his
death was ruled a homicide by the Coroners
Office. Dr. Wayne K. Ross said that baby Andrew
sustained blunt trauma to his head, which had
been either from a fist or by someone bashing
his head against a firm object. Death would have
come in minutes with the injuries baby Andrew
sustained. Baby Andrew also had a lacerated
liver and thermal burns to his right hand as
well as his bottom, swelling of the brain, nine
broken ribs, subdural hematoma, hemorrhages to
the lungs, diaphragm, liver, stomach, pancreas
and his intestines. Injuries were also found on
Andrews mouth and scrotum.
Brianna finally admitted that she knew baby
Andrew had burns on his hand and bottom and was
aware that his scrotum had been bruised she
added that around 1:00a.m. on the day he died,
she found blood in his mouth and that after she
wiped it away, he seemed to be better. Brianna
claimed that she checked on him eight hours
later and he was dead.
Blood splattered on baby Andrews clothes proved
that he had been struck in the mouth more than
one time. Andrew Sr. said that he knew about the
burns and bruising his son had and that he had
tried to feed him at about 10:30p.m. on October
17th. William told Police that the two parents
had made no attempt to call for help for baby
Andrew and he said that he had begged them to
call someone, Brianna got upset:
my God, you can't call them. You can't call
911, they will
we killed him"
William said he had heard baby Andrew crying on
the 17th at various times and as he was getting
ready to go to work at about 9:00a.m., he walked
into the room where baby Andrew was and found he
was strapped into his car seat, on the floor in
a room that was covered in trash and clothes.
William told Police that when he got home that
night, he noticed that Andrew Sr. and Brianna
were not speaking to each other at all. About
fifteen minutes went by and William asked about
the baby and Brianna told him that she had fed
him and put him to bed. When William got up to
go to the bathroom, Brianna told him not to wake
up baby Andrew.
The next day, William says he heard a
conversation between Andrew Sr. and Brianna in
which Brianna said to Andrew Sr.:
worry, you know I'll never tell on you"
Andrew Sr. said back to her:
never make you out to be the bad person"
Prosecutors were considering seeking the death
penalty for these monsters for what they did to
little baby Andrew. All of the pictures I have
seen of these two are of them frowning and
looking like they just lost their best friend.
Sadly, I doubt it's got anything to do with
their son being dead, it's got to do with them
knowing they are going to prison and that they
will never see each other again if Prosecutors
have their way.
In their court appearance, neither of them had
anything to say when the charges against them
were read. Barry Goldman, Andrew Sr.s Lawyer
said that Andrew Sr. denied that he was the one
who killed baby Andrew. Brianna's Lawyer had
nothing to say, but baby Andrew's grandmother
was visibly upset:
everyone that knew little AJ, this is a
difficult time. They're
with it the best they can"
District Attorney - Chris Larsen
It was clear that there had been a pattern of
abuse before baby Andrew's little body just gave
up and set him free from his abusers. Andrew Sr.
and Brianna were held without bond.
strangers prove they care more about a child
then the ones who were trusted to take care of
that child. A memorial was started for Andrew
just days after he died.
In October of 2013, Andrew Ray Moyer Sr. plead
guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced
to life in prison. District Attorney Craig
Stedman had been planning to seek the death
penalty for what was done to baby Andrew, but
Andrew Sr. was able to save his OWN
life with the plea deal. Andrew Sr. will never
be eligible for parole. At this point, it had
not yet been decided if the death penalty would
be sought against Brianna.
In February of 2014, it was Brianna's turn in
court. In December of 2013, she had pleaded no
contest to felony aggravated assault, child
endangerment and hindering apprehension. Brianna
Michael was sentenced to four years and nine
months to 28 years in prison. I'm not sure what
kind of sentence that is, but I can tell you it
justice for baby Andrew. We can only hope and
pray that a Parole Board will not let her serve
one second less than 28 years.