December 30, 2008 in News

Infant boy taken off life support

By The Spokesman-Review
Courtesy of Denison family photo

In this family photo, Izayah Arlen Wayne Denison is seen buckled in a car seat just days after his Oct. 2 birth. Izayah, who police say was abused by his mother’s boyfriend, was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon after being brought to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital late Friday.
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A baby who police say was abused by his mother’s boyfriend was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon, three days before his three-month birthday. Izayah Arlen Wayne Denison’s heart, kidneys and liver will be donated to three babies, said his mother, Jenauh Denison, 22.

Izayah had been on life support at the Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital after medics found him unresponsive at his apartment in the 1400 block of East Seventh Avenue late Friday.

Andrew W. Whitmire, 22, is charged in the death and remains at the Spokane County Jail on $1 million bail.

Doctors declared Izayah brain dead, and his organs were harvested Tuesday. He was taken off life support at 1:45 p.m., Denison said.

Denison hopes to contact the families of the three babies who’ll receive Izayah’s organs.

“I hope they have a better life than everything that we’ve had to deal with,” she said.

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