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Failed to Death: Elijah Exilasse

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Age: 4 yrs.
Born: Sept 13, 2007
Died: Sept 1, 2012
Location: Florida
Suspect in death: Wilfred Exilasse, father

Elijah died Sept. 1 of complications caused by blunt-force head trauma.

The Orlando Sentinel newspaper reported that child protective authorities in that state had investigated the father before. In 2010, when he was at his father's, the boy's aunt allegedly discovered Elijah alone and crying, the newspaper reported.Florida caseworkers determined the boy was malnourished and recommended that he live with his mother, Felicia Lubin.

Lubin moved from Florida to Colorado Springs in 2010 after that investigation was closed.

While in Colorado Springs, Lubin received a court petition stating Exilasse wanted to see his son every summer and alternating holiday. Lubin told the Sentinel she sent Elijah to his father in May because she thought she would get in trouble if she didn't comply with that petition.

Three weeks later the child was hospitalized with head injuries.

A neurosurgeon said the father's stories about how the injuries were caused were improbable. That neurosurgeon concluded the child's injuries only could have been caused by blunt force trauma.

Lubin stayed at the bedside of her unconscious son for nearly two months. In July, he was flown to a Colorado Springs hospital, where he eventually opened his eyes. Although physically responsive, he remained bedridden and unable to speak.

The child was discharged in August and sent home with medical equipment he needed to survive. Weeks later he died. The death was ruled a homicide.

Two charges of aggravated child abuse are pending against Wilfred Exilasse in connection with the death.

The Colorado Department of Human Services has not released the child fatality review of Elijah's death. State officials confirmed that child protective workers in Colorado received five referrals about Elijah from November 3, 2011 through May 4, 2012.

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