ECTOR COUNTY, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – A father accused of killing his 7-month-old son last July, pled guilty to murder and to injury to a child in court Thursday.
Kameron Gammage was sentenced to life in prison, plus twenty years. By agreement, the court ordered the cases to run consecutively, meaning he must serve one sentence before starting the other.
Around 12:52 p.m. on July 12, officers with the Odessa Police Department as well as Odessa Fire Rescue responded to Brady Station Apartments at 4421 E 52nd Street after baby Logan was found unresponsive. According to an affidavit, Logan was dead by the time help arrived. Investigators said the baby boy had “heavy” bruising and swelling to the left side of his face and head. There were also multiple bruises along the top of Logan’s head.
Investigators spoke with Gammage first, and he reportedly said he woke up around noon that day to Logan’s mother, Leyla Pierson, telling him Logan wasn’t breathing. He said he called 911 and started CPR and waited for help to arrive. When questioned about the bruising, Gammage claimed his son hit the hard inner part of his crib. Officers noted Gammage was unemotional and “seemed to lack care” throughout the interview.
In fact, officers noted in the affidavit the couple’s apartment was disheveled when they arrived, with animal feces throughout. The parents admitted to trying to clean the apartment before police arrived, around the same time they were reportedly performing CPR on their baby.
In an interview with police, Pierson reportedly said she last fed Logan around five that morning and later discovered he wasn’t breathing. She said Gammage didn’t seem to care when she told him their baby was in trouble. She said he instead seemed “apologetic” and said he hoped she wasn’t mad at him. The young mother then admitted Gammage has “anger issues” and had recently strangled several dogs to death.
The couple was then taken to the police station for further questioning. During that interview, Gammage admitted to having “extreme anger issues”; he even admitted to killing two dogs. He said he had been under a lot of stress, especially while dealing with a crying baby.
He told investigators he often smokes marijuana to help deal with his anger and said on July 9, he smoked marijuana and later tried to play with the crying infant. He said he threw the baby into the air several times and “accidentally” dropped him on about the fourth toss. He claimed the baby hit the floor “hard” and that the bruising and swelling soon followed. He claimed he didn’t tell the baby’s mother what happened because he was afraid of getting in trouble.
Pierson told investigators she noticed the bruising on July 9 but didn’t seek medical care for the child. She claimed Gammage said the baby hit his head on the crib and left it at that. She claimed following the July 9 incident, the baby became “more fussy” than usual and she thought the fussiness was from teething.
Following Gammage’s indictment last week, District Attorney Dusty Gallivan said he would not seek the death penalty. Pierson has also been charged with two counts of Injury to a Child in connection with the case. There is no word on when she will be heading to trial.