New Details in Infant Murder Case


February 16, 2006

New details were released late Friday in the case against a volunteer firefighter accused of killing a baby.

The Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney confirmed that name of the 8-month old: Alexis McFayden.

A representative of the office also confirmed the suspect, Robert Wayne Wyant, 32, of Scottsville, was a family friend, but would not explain the details of why he was taking care of the child at the time of her death.

Sources close to the case said Wyant called 911 on November 14, 2006. He told the operator he was on his way to the hospital with a baby in cardiac arrest. Sources also said Wyant, a volunteer firefighter, stopped somewhere along the way to administered CPR.

Wyant was charged with second degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, and felony child abuse.

Until new details were released Friday, little information on the case was being released in an effort not to hinder the investigation.

"Alexis ultimately succumbed to her injuries at UVA Medical Center, and died on November 16th surrounded by her loving family," said Cynthia R. Murray, of the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney. "We confirm that the medical examiner concluded that Alexis' death was a homicide by blunt-force trauma to the head."

According to Murray, blunt force trauma is what is more commonly known as 'Shaken Baby Syndrome.'

Murray added that neither the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office nor the police department would discuss details of the ongoing case, in an effort to protect the integrity of the prosecution.

As for Wyant, he is scheduled to appear Albemarle County Circuit Court on February 20th.

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