By: Sarah Snyder
MIDLAND - It's a heartbreaking story. An infant beaten to death by a family friend. The alleged killer is behind bars, but a few errors in how that case reported is raising eyebrows.
This all happened back in March of 2008. 41-year-old John Dana Bailey is behind bars for brutally murdering 5-week-old Dustyn Wright. But why did it take two years for officials to make that arrest?
Because Wright died from a blunt force trauma to his head there was no weapon involved and all officials had to go on were the medical examiner reports. After several autopsies in El Paso, San Antonio, Tarrant County, and here in the Basin on Wednesday, Odessa Police finally had all they needed to make the arrest.
"It's a unique case in and of itself unlike other murders where you might have a gun or a knife," Lt. Eddie V. Reed, with the Odessa Police, said. "This one was caused physically. And there's no markings or indications as to how it was caused. That's why we need this overwhelming medical evidence to show this."
On Thursday, NewsWest 9 learned there was an error in the way that crime was reported to federal records. Odessa Police told NewsWest 9, the software they use to calculate crime statistics malfunctioned and 5-week-old Dustyn Wright's murder was one of the cases not reported.