Baby likely suffered brain bleed due to fracture

Documents filed in Carson City Justice Court indicate a 7-month-old baby found dead at his parents' Carson City apartment on Wednesday likely suffered a brain bleed from a fractured skull.

According to an affidavit in support of a warrant to search the family's South Carson Street apartment, Detective Dave Legros stated that during the autopsy of Tyrone Anderson on Wednesday afternoon, pathologist Cathy Raven discovered a "4-inch depressed fracture on the left side of the head."

The fracture began at the "left rear portion of Tyrone Anderson's head and traveled towards the front of his head stopping just before his left eye," Legros wrote.

He said it was the pathologist's opinion that "severe blunt-force trauma was the direct cause of the fracture."

Authorities were called to the home of Paul and Aurora Anderson about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after Paul Anderson found his son unresponsive in his crib.

According to the affidavit, the parents told investigators that the previous evening, Tyrone had fallen from their bed.

After they put the boy into his crib, he continually woke up crying, Legros said.

Aurora Anderson allegedly said she checked on him repeatedly until 11 p.m. when she fell asleep.

Paul Anderson allegedly last checked on his son at 2 a.m. and the boy, lying face down in his crib, appeared to be fine.

When Paul Anderson next checked on his son at 6:30 a.m., the boy hadn't moved his position and Paul Anderson began calling for his wife to call 911.

The child was dead when paramedics arrived.

Legros stated in the affidavit that pathologist Raven said a "simple fall" from a bed would not have caused the fracture.

According to Detective Dena Lacy, though some items were removed, nothing noteworthy was recovered during a Thursday morning search of the couple's home they shared with Tyrone and his 2-year-old brother.

She said the Andersons continue to be "extremely cooperative," in the investigation.

Calls to the Anderson home Friday were not answered.

• Contact reporter F.T. Norton at or 881-1213.


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