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September 19, 2014

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Nellis staff sergeant now charged with murder after 3-month-old son’s death this week

Prosecutors today added murder to the charges a Nellis Air Force Base noncommissioned officer faces in a case involving his son.

Three-month-old Aiden James Leach was airlifted on Feb. 1 to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in critical condition. The baby boy died Monday night.

Aiden’s father, Staff Sgt. Andrew Leach, 31, had been charged earlier with child abuse with substantial bodily harm.

An amended complaint against him, filed by prosecutors today in North Las Vegas Justice Court, adds the murder charge and a second count of child abuse with substantial bodily harm.

Authorities accuse Leach of causing severe head trauma and other injuries to Aiden.

According to a Metro Police arrest report, Leach told Metro he dropped Aiden while preparing him for a bath. He said the baby spit up, his arms and legs stiffened and he stopped breathing, according to the report. Leach attempted to revive his son, and then called 911.

Leach denied causing any injuries to his son other than what he described, the report said.

Leach remains in the Clark County Detention Center awaiting arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27 in Las Vegas Justice Court.

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