(PACIFIC JUNCTION) A Pacific Junction man has been charged with 1st Degree Murder for the death of a 13-month old child.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 22-year-old Colby Puckett was the only adult with Aliyanna May at the time she sustained injuries to her head and eyes. Puckett is being held at the Mills County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.
On February 1st, the Mills County Communications Center received a 911 call reporting an unresponsive child located at 1101 Lincoln Avenue in Pacific Junction. Upon arrival, EMS personnel determined that Aliyanna needed immediate medical attention and she was transported to University Nebraska Medical Center by medical helicopter. Aliyanna was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit once medical personnel determined that she had extensive injuries to her eyes and brain.
The Mills County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation once they were advised by UNMC medical staff that Aliyanna’s injuries were likely the result of abusive head trauma. Aliyanna May died on February 2 as a direct result of her injuries.
An autopsy was conducted by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office on February 3. The State Medical Examiner determined Aliyanna’s death was the result of the head injuries she had sustained. Her death was ruled a homicide.
The investigation into Aliyanna’s death is being conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Mills County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, and Mills County Attorney’s Office.