Pahrump man charged with murder in infant’s death

A 21-year-old Pahrump man was arrested Saturday in connection with his infant’s death.

Mitchell Robinson faces one count each of open murder and child abuse causing substantial bodily harm, the Nye County sheriff’s office said. He is being held without bail at the county’s detention center.

The sheriff’s office received a 911 call on Sept. 4 reporting that an infant had stopped breathing inside of a Pahrump residence. Deputies found the baby had critical head injuries.

The 6-month-old child was taken to Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, then taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and placed on life support, the sheriff’s office said.

The baby was pronounced dead Friday. Medical examinations revealed the injuries were the result of “intentional abuse and head trauma,” officials said in a statement.

Medical personnel also found untreated rib fractures and evidence that the infant had been involved in a previous choking incident, the sheriff’s office said.

Robinson admitted in an interview with officers that he shook the baby “too hard” several times on the day the infant stopped breathing, it said.

Anyone with information about Robinson or the infant may call Nye County detectives at 775-751-7000.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter.

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