Police: Man indicted on reckless homicide charge in connection to baby’s death
HOPKINS CO., Ky. (WFIE) - A Madisonville man has been indicted by a grand jury in connection to a death investigation involving a four-month-old baby.
Back in April, officers say they were called to the Elk Creek Trailer Park for a baby who wasn’t breathing.
We’re told the baby was taken to the hospital and was later pronounced dead.
Detective Kobe Hart with the Madisonville Police Department responded to the hospital, and he was the one who opened the investigation into the child’s death.
Detective Hart says it took some time to get to the bottom of what had happened to the child.
“I made contact with the mother’s boyfriend who was sleeping with the child, and during interviews with him, he contradicted himself multiple times, changing his story,” says Detective Hart.
Through investigating, detectives say they learned the mother’s boyfriend, 22-year-old Brandon Morse, was sleeping in bed with the baby at the time of the incident.
“Ultimately he finally disclosed with investigators that he was co-sleeping with the child, and that he had rolled over on the child, and ultimately resulted in the child’s death,” says Detective Hart.
Detective Hart says this is more than just a case of an accident during co-sleeping however, as multiple factors involved in the case attributed to the indictment that Morse received on Tuesday.
One such factor was information revealed that he had taken a sleeping aid before getting into bed.
“The sleeping aid definitely played a role in it because he was getting into a bed with an infant,” says Detective Hart, “and he took a medication, or some type of sleeping aid. So that definitely did play a role.”
According to officials, Morse told them this type of thing happened previously, but he was able to get off the child before anything happened.
Detective Hart noted that information absolutely contributes to their investigation and indictment.
“He knows the potential is there, and he got back into bed with a child, knowing that that hazard is there,” says Detective Hart.
On Tuesday, Morse was indicted on a reckless homicide charge and has since been arrested.
He’s booked in the Hopkins County Jail.
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