Man pleads not guilty to killing five-year-old son in child abuse case

CREATED Nov. 12, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A man accused of killing his girlfriend's young son after several strikes to the stomach pleaded not guilty in front of a judge Monday in Milwaukee.

Marcos Colin faces charges of child neglect leading to death, reckless child abuse and bail jumping.  He faces more than 40 years in prison if he is convicted on all charges.

Colin walked into the courtroom wearing an orange jump suit and avoided eye contact with the family of the five-year-old boy, Jayden, that he is accused of killing.

"We know he's innocent," claimed Terry Romo, Colin's attorney.  "He would never hurt that baby.  He loved him as a father."

Colin and the boy's mother, Alyssa Banda, are a couple.  Both face charges in Jayden's death.

Banda brought Jayden to the hospital after he turned purple and unresponsive.

Doctors found bruises and scrapes all over the boy's body.

Prosecutors say Banda tried to cover up what actually happened to her son.

Banda later admitted to police that Colin was trying to "toughen up" Jayden.

"I feel sorry for Alyssa, and I feel sorry for his grandparents and his family," said Romo.  "We're all in this together."

"I miss my grandson.  We're doing the best we can to cope with it," said Tonya Goodman, the boy's grandmother.

Banda faces a courtroom in Milwaukee later this week.