Alijah James Mullis
October 29, 2007 - January 29, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial
Kind strangers dropped off flowers and stuffed animals at the site of a memorial where the body of a baby was found:

"I pray for the baby's soul. I pray for the person who done this to this baby to come to justice," 
Stephanie Lyons.

"You can take them to the hospital. You don't have to put them out on the side of the road,"
Rhonda Benthin.


On January 29, 2008, a couple was driving down the road in Texas looking for birds and coyotes.

Jesse Zaro and his wife Esmeralda saw something that looked odd to them, on the side of the road. At first, they thought it might be a doll since feet and hands were visible from the car. When Jesse got out of the car to see what it was, he was shocked to see that it was a baby and the baby was dead. Detectives arrived on the scene was taped off and after they called 911, they were made aware of the fact that there was a woman named Caren  kohberger had been

calling hospitals to check if her son and boyfriend, Travis Mullis had been admitted.

Several hours prior to the finding of body of Alijah James Mullis, his father, Travis Mullis was awake earlier than anyone else in his home. He wasn't the only one awake, there was an eight year old little girl who was also awake. He asked her if she would like to go to the play ground and she said yes. Travis took the girl to the play ground and she soon found out why he had been so eager to take her there.

Travis wanted to have sex with the eight year old little girl. The little girl, even though she was eight years old, refused to take her own pants off and when Travis tried to pull them off of her she got angry:

"No! Take me back home"

Travis did what the little girl asked, he brought her home. When he got there, at about 5:00 a.m., he put his son Alijah into his car seat, put him in the card and drove off tell Caren Kohberger that he was going to get the car repaired.

A photograph taken at the scene where the baby was found, was showed to Caren who identified him as her son. DNA was taken since the child's identity was hard to make due to the shape he was in. Also taken were footprints in an attempt to be sure this child was Alijah.

Travis Mullis went on the run and headed to Maryland where he had family and friends. Along the way he stopped at churches and with his sad stories was able to collect money for food and gas and then again, he would be on his way. There was a nationwide manhunt going on for Travis, even so, he managed to make it to Philadelphia. When he arrive there, he turned himself in at the police station stating that his name was Travis Mullis and he wanted to talk to someone.

On February 1, 2008, Travis made a confession to the Philadelphia police about how he had killed his son by stomping on his head several times until his skull had literally collapsed. He said that his son would not stop crying and that was how he had stopped him. Travis waived his right to extradition on February 4th and was being held without bail. 

"It's kind of gratifying to get this guy off the street. We're still not sure why he picked 
Philadelphia. We have 23 police districts, but he came right to our homicide unit and we're still 
not sure why he came here, but we're glad he's off the streets and gave a full confession. Now, 
it's up to Texas to deal with this person."
Sgt. Ray Evers - Philadelphia Police Department.

He was expected to taken back to Texas on the 5th:

"We're hoping we can get on the plane Tuesday" 
Sgt. Gary Jones - Galveston Investigators

Travis was in court before Judge Jeffrey Minehart. Wearing an orange prison uniform, he was also shackled the judge asked:

"Do you still wish to give up to your right to have an extradition hearing?"

After confirming that he fully understood what was taking place and that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol he said he did wish to give up his right to a hearing and then he signed papers to make it official. John Doyle, the Assistant District Attorney said that the process had gone smoothly and was typical of this kind of

A representative from the Defender Association Of Philadelphia, Dan Stevenson, represented Travis and said that he was ready to return to Texas:

"He seems eager to return. He said there's no 
point in me staying here'."

Dan Stevenson also said that he had tried to find a lawyer to represent Travis in Texas and that his attempts, so far, had been unsuccessful. He also said that Travis seemed to nervous and remorseful about the things he had done:

"He seems really rocky. He was crying when I spoke to him."

Travis was scheduled to fly back to Texas on a Southwest Airlines flight. Unfortunately, Southwest policy doesn't allow anyone to fly while handcuffed. The police had to make alternate arrangements to get him back to Texas, saying they didn't want him to fly without the handcuffs.

A spokesman, Bog Eskind, said that Travis was being held in an 8 by 10 cell with a bed, toilet and a sink. He also said that as is procedure with new inmates, he would be given a behavioral health screening, classification interview with an intake Social worker.

Galveston County District Attorney Kurt Sistrunk was in charge of the case and said the evidence was taken to a judge in order to get an authorized bond and to get a charge of capital murder. Travis was taken to jail and his bail was set at $1 million dollars.

In court, Travis stated his name and address for the judge, however, he answered most of his answers to questions with a yes or no. When asked about his mental health history, he said that he had been taking behavior modification medications until about three years prior when he was no longer able to afford them.

Caren had been cooperating with the police up to the point that she was charged with child endangerment when it was learned that she handed her son over to Travis at 4:30 a.m. the morning he killed him, after he threatened to to hurt another of the children in the trailer they were living in. One of Caren's friends said that the charges were a 
big mistake:

"I feel like they're pulling for something, they're trying to make a case that might not even really be 
there. I really don't think it's on Caren so much as it would on T.J."

The District Attorney said that Caren should not have handed her son over to Travis since she knew he was not stable and that he could possibly hurt him. The arrest affidavit said that Caren had told police that Travis had been up all night having flashbacks of having been sexually abused as a child. In addition, she said that the had told her
he needed to get out of the house because he was afraid he might try to do something to one of the children. He had once told her that he had sexually abused a child while he was a minor. Investigators said that armed with this information, Caren should not have allowed Travis to take Alijah out of the house. Friends of Caren say she had no reason to believe he would hurt him:

"She did it for security purposes. He did have a tendency of taking off and not returning for a few
days, so  that allowing him to take Alijah was her security of him returning."

Caren disappeared later and her friends said she was probably in New York.

Travis Mullis was charged with capital murder in the death of his son and he also faced felony charges of enticing a child. Prosecutors in the case said they would seek the death penalty for Travis. Assistant Galveston County District Attorney Larry Drosnes met with Robert Loper, the attorney for Travis, privately to tell him of the decision which had been made to seek the death penalty.

Assistant Galveston County District Attorney Larry Drosnes met privately with the defense attorney for Travis Mullis - Robert Loper - outside the courtroom of District Judge John Ellisor to inform him of the decision.

Seeking the death penalty meant that Judge Ellisor would have to appoint a second defense attorney and would probably do so at the next court date which would be September 2008. Robert Loper said that his client suffered with a history of mental illness and he was not sure if that and the troubled life he had growing up would come up in his defense.

On February 18, 2008, a grand jury indicted Travis Mullis on capital murder charges. On August 8, 2008, prosecutors announced that they would seek the death penalty for Travis.

Caren Kohberger was arrested while leaving a mental hospital in New York on February 2, 2008. Her Attorney, Jimmy Phillips, said that she turned herself in after waiving extradition from New York to Texas. Caren's bond was originally set at $60,000. and was later reduced to $20,000. which she posted within half an hour of turning herself in.

At a place called MyYearBook, Travis has a page and on the page he has marijuana leafs falling from the sky like snowflakes. Travis has only four friends, one of them being Caren. Absent is ANY mention of having a son or that he murdered him.



In December of 2012, Travis Mullis changed his mind once again about accepting his sentence of being put to death for killing his son Alijah. At first, Travis said he didn't want to appeal his sentence. An appeal was made automatically even though he didn't want it. Travis underwent a psychological evaluation and it was determined that he was able to make his own decisions, he was found to be competent.

In August of 2011, he changed his mind and said that he
wanted to file an appeal, however, too much time had gone by and he had not changed his mind on time. Travis asked to be given the time to appeal based on new information. Travis claimed that he had not been mentally competent at the time he had stated he didn't want to appeal. The ACLU got involved in the case and filed a motion with the Court Of Criminal Appeals in order to start the appeals process.

As of this date, April 15, 2013, I am unable to find any information related to the case saying if Travis was granted an appeal or not.


In March of 2011, Travis James Mullis showed no emotion as he was sentenced to die for killing Alijah.

Death Occurred in the state of Maryland

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