Updated: Murder Charges against Kyron Grow in the death of 3-year-old Nathaniel Lopez

Original story lower on page. Link to AZ Family coverage of story here

Link to CPS Info Release Nathaniel_Lopez_3_26_2013

8-3-13 Updated

There has been talk over the past couple months that Kyron Grow may be released on the murder charges related to the death of 3-year-old Nathaniel Lopez. There are a lot of questions about why his case is not listed on the AZ Case Lookup website.

Well it is very well hidden from the public and once found it contains little information. You wouldn’t even know that it was Grow’s case unless you look at the Case Minutes on the page. Please do so before asking h0w we know it’s his case.  Here is a link to Grow’s case on AZ Case Lookup website.

Scroll down page to see  Kyron Grow’s case 

 Here are the only Case Minutes posted in Grow’s case, they show that a Jury Trial before Judge Duber is scheduled for January  8, 2014, before a 12 person jury. They anticipate the trial will last 7 days.

Case Minutes Kyron Grow 

While there is little information, if you look at the case page for Marcelina Rich under Case Activity Marcelina Rich Case, you will see that in May after the Plaintiff (the State) filed MISCELLANEOUS: Disclosures, there were also 2 “Orders” that followed. This is the same the same that shows on the Case Activity for Grow. Here are the only Case Minutes posted in Rich’s case Marcelina Rich Minutes.

There are two differences in Rich’s case activity, it says that there was motion to Modify Conditions of Probation back on the 12th of July . Not sure what that is about. And there was a motion  made to designate the case as a Complex Case.

Since Grow is charged with First Degree Murder his case is automatically designated as a Complex Case. Since Rich was charged with Second Degree Murder the court would have to make that designation and they did on the 18th of July, 2013. This what I found on Complex Case designation

While this link is to documents intended for Maricopa County it is an Administrative Order from THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA so it applies to all AZ Superior Courts. Here is a copy of that order Complex Case.

Some key parts the order are:
The Arizona Supreme Court has set time limits for complex and capital criminal processing under Rule 8.2, Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure.
Complex cases include (1) all First Degree Murder cases, (2) all cases that will require the court to consider evidence obtained as the result of an order permitting the interception of wire, electronic or oral communication, and (3) any case that the court, in a written factual finding, designates as complex.

All First Degree Murder cases will be automatically designated as complex by Court Administration at the time of arraignment, pursuant to Rule 8.2(a)(3).

 In all other criminal cases that any party wishes to be designated as complex, a detailed written Motion for Complex Case Designation shall be filed with the assigned trial judge no later than 60 days from arraignment. The motion shall be accompanied by a proposed form of order setting forth the factual findings supporting designating the case as complex.

So while we have no solid answers on where Grow’s case stands, it doesn’t appear that there has been any unusual activity that would show that it is going in a different direction that Rich’s case. We will continue to request from the court that more information on this case’s status be made available to the public.

Original Story….

On March 26, 2013 Deputies from the Gila County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center in reference to a report of possible child abuse. The victim three year old Nathaniel Lopez was flown to Phoenix Children’s Hospital with life threatening injuries and succumbed to his injuries later that afternoon. 29 year old, Marcelina Rich and 37 year old, Kyron Grow have been arrested in connection with the death of Nathaniel Lopez. Currently we are unable to release any further details as the investigation is on-going. Also read the story from KPHO CBS 5

Kyron Grow 240x300 Updated: Murder Charges against Kyron Grow in the death of 3 year old Nathaniel Lopez

Kyron Grow

Marcelina Rich 240x300 Updated: Murder Charges against Kyron Grow in the death of 3 year old Nathaniel Lopez

Marcelina Rich

10 comments for “Updated: Murder Charges against Kyron Grow in the death of 3-year-old Nathaniel Lopez

  1. Lorine
    April 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Please put them both in the general population of the prison.

    • Tom Tucker
      November 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

      HAHA! I have to agree with Lorine. It’s hard not to want people like this to suffer as their victim did. Hopefully, Judge Duber doesnt give them a free walk.

    • azchili1020@gmail.com
      June 20, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      He was just found guilty on all 4 counts today: 1st degree murder, child abuse (on date of Nathaniel’s death), aggravated assault, and child abuse (prior to 3/26 date of death). I know cause I was one of the jurors.

  2. c
    April 10, 2013 at 1:17 am

    PLEASE! That baby deserves justice. These pathetic excuse for humans need to pay up for what they did.

  3. Tami spencer mowrey
    April 11, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    How so very sad…what a beautiful boy and after what hed been through still had a smile…i hope they both suffer and the cps worker who left him there should be behind bars too…goes to show if they would focus on the true abused victimed children instead of the petty cases things like this might be avoided…rest in peace precious boy we love you….

  4. Gilbert Lopez
    August 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    I just hope and pray that, justice for Nathaniel will be done! I was blessed to know Nathaniel and his family and friends , the 2 out of the 3 years he was here! To have no one be held responsible for Nathaniel’s passing, WILL NOT BE ALLOWED! the case worker at cps and the doctor who released Nathaniel the first time from the ER, should also have some responsibility in this because of their inability to do their jobs correctly! Regardless of the end result in this tragic case.The family and close friends who knew Nathaniel, would like to get some closure in this! I will never understand why this ever had to happen to an innocent little boy who did nothing to deserve such treatment from those two pieces of crap,( Marcelina Rich and Kyron Grow) Also to have even his own mother do nothing to help her little baby boy! WTF Marcelina? You have NO EXCUSE to why you couldn’t get away from Kyron! I pray that KARMA gets both Kyron and Marcelina! and I hope it comes back on them soon! Rest in piece Nathaniel….mijo you will be missed, but never ever forgotten ! ;(

  5. c
    August 9, 2013 at 2:25 am

    I think CPS in Gila County is sad. This child is the result of poor choices. HOW CAN THEY NOT BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE.. ? There’s no justice in this sad town. CPS COST A CHILD HIS LIFE. LIVE WITH THAT. M ay he rest in peace.

    • Tom Tucker
      November 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Are you kidding? CPS in Arizona is sad. I have a few friends that work for CPS, and the stories I hear about dysfunctional management is absurd. The employees are threatened with contracts and their jobs if they speak out. Furthermore, I can’t help but wonder how many children have died due to the inaction of CPS. There needs to be a reform within CPS, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

  6. johnny z
    September 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I hope Nathaniel gets justice against these worthless humans. They cut an innocent child’s life to only 3 years. It was obvious from all his injuries noted by cps and the doctors that, this was no accident. The doctor should have been more cautious in treating the head injury and Nathaniel may have been saved. And the cps workers had so much evidence of injuries that were undeniably done intentionally. I hope they have learned from this terrible mistake.

  7. t
    October 24, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I don’t believe this was done by kyron ill pray foru you cuz i don’t belive he did this

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