“Honored” Miramar Marine Beats Son of 4 Months to Death

OCEANSIDE, Calif. — Days after he was first questioned by police, San Diego police arrested a Marine whose infant son died one day after he was brought to a hospital with injuries.

Police and military authorities said Lance Cpl. Michael D. Bixby, 22, was arrested shortly after noon Tuesday. He is expected to be arraigned this week in a San Diego court on a possible murder charge, police Lt. Ernie Herbert said in a news release.

Paramedics said they found Bixby trying to resuscitate his 4-month-old son, Andru Bixby, at the family’s home at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar on Feb. 17. The child was taken to Children’s Hospital; he died the next morning.

An autopsy by the county medical examiner found Andru Bixby died of blunt force trauma and classified the death as a homicide.

Bixby, of Washington County, Ore., is a packaging specialist assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16, said 1st Lt. Gregory Wolf, a Miramar spokesman. He joined the Corps on Feb. 1, 2009, and has earned the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and National Defense Service Medal.

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