Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 6, 2013

Powell man arrested in death of 2-month-old

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

WESTWOOD — Kentucky State Police on Sunday arrested a Powell County man on a murder charge in the death of a 2-month-old girl.

 Brett R. Thompson, 18, of Stanton, was lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center after an autopsy revealed the child died of blunt-force head trauma, according to a news release from the Ashland KSP post.

The KSP said the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Caroline Drive on Saturday after receiving a report of an unresponsive infant in the home. Boyd County Emergency Medical Services also responded and transported the baby to King’s Daughters Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead by Boyd County Deputy Coroner Dr. Ralph Beadle.

An autopsy was performed on the youngster Sunday at the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Frankfort, and the examination showed the youngster had died of multiple head and brain injuries caused by blunt-force trauma, the KSP said. Following the autopsy, the sheriff’s department contacted the KSP and requested the case be assigned to a detective.

 Detective Ben Cramer responded and launched an investigation, the KSP said. During the course of the probe, Cramer learned Thompson, whom the KSP identified as the child’s mother’s boyfriend, had struck the infant in the head.

The name of the infant and the mother were not released.

The case remains under investigation by Cramer.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.