Man charged with murder in death of toddler
A Quincy man is charged with murder in connection with the death of a 22-month-old boy last week. The toddler’s mother was arrested on a child abuse charge.
Kenneth Charles-Alan Stringfellow, 24, is being held in the Plumas County jail on $1 million bail.
He was scheduled to be arraigned in Plumas County Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon.
According to a report from the sheriff, the toddler showed signs of violent physical abuse.
Stringfellow, who is not the child’s biological father, was arrested on a charge of inflicting great bodily injury. The charge was upgraded to murder after the toddler was taken off life support Friday, Dec. 13, at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev.
The toddler’s mother, Demi Nicole Sullivan, 20, of Quincy, was arrested Tuesday, Dec. 17, on a felony charge of willful cruelty to a child.
Sullivan is being held in the county jail on $500,000 bail. She is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, Dec. 19.
The district attorney is reviewing the sheriff’s investigation for the filing of appropriate criminal charges.
According to information provided by the sheriff’s office, dispatchers received a 911 call at 1:21 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12. The caller reported that the toddler was unresponsive.
Deputies, fire crews and emergency personnel arrived at the Valley Heights Apartments, at 1374 Peppard Flat Road, Apartment 16, in Quincy to find the toddler unconscious.
Emergency personnel performed CPR on the child as soon as they arrived.
The boy was transported to Plumas District Hospital and later transferred to Renown in Reno.
Due to the circumstances, the sheriff said a child abuse investigation was initiated.
Based on the investigation, Stringfellow was arrested for felony child abuse.
Sullivan was not arrested at that time.
According to the district attorney, Stringfellow has a previous domestic violence conviction on his record.
He was convicted in 2008 on a charge of battery on a girlfriend or cohabitant.
Sheriff Greg Hagwood said he was “horribly disturbed” by the toddler’s death.
“When you have the killing of a child, it is impossible to attach any semblance of reason to it,” Hagwood said. “Our thoughts are with the victim and the family.”
Editor’s note: The following announcement was submitted by the victim’s family.
Please join the family of Braylon Michael Duguay to commemorate and celebrate his short life which ended due to violence on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.
This is a tragic loss, not only for Braylon’s family, but for our community as well; and we are heartbroken not to have him with us today.
It is crucial for us to be there for one another during this time, spread the word about child abuse prevention, and remember the beautiful soul that Braylon truly was.
We need you, your support and especially your prayers. We welcome anyone and everyone who would like to share these moments with us for the sake of Braylon.
Candles will be provided. This is happening Saturday, Dec. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Dame Shirley Plaza, downtown Quincy.