Bobby Lee Brantley

Bobby Lee Brantley, 32, of Ashland was arrested on Monday by the Raceland Police Department on the charge of first degree criminal abuse of a child after allegedly causing critical injuries and the hospitalization of a two-year old girl.

WURTLAND – An Ashland man was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly causing injuries to a two-year old girl that resulted in her being airlifted to a hospital in Huntington.

Bobby Lee Brantley, 32, was arrested on Monday by the Raceland Police Department on the charge of first degree criminal abuse of a child.

The Raceland Police Department said in a press release that the toddler was found unresponsive at Foothills Apartments in Wurtland on Saturday at approximately 8 p.m. The child was transported to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and later airlifted to the Cabell Huntington Hospital where she remains in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit listed in critical condition, said police. The child's diagnosis is non-accidental trauma or closed head injury, said police.

Raceland police alleged the child's injuries were caused by the actions of Brantley who was then arrested. The lead investigator for the case is RPD Officer Shawn Podunavac who offered significant praise for Greenup County Paramedic Troy Gillespie’s treatment of the child when she was first discovered.

Brantley was lodged at the Greenup County Detention Center. He was arraigned Monday morning in Greenup County District Court.

RPD was assisted by the Worthington Police Department and the cabinet for Health and Family Services.

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