We are still learning more about the 3-year-old boy who police say was killed by his mother's boyfriend. Doctors, who examined the toddler, don't believe his injuries are consistent with the boyfriend's initial report of a drowning.
That's the reaction we got as community members heard of a toddler's the sudden death.
This tragic story began as Brianna Kwekel was serving time for DUI when she decided to leave her three-year-old son under her boyfriend's watch. But last Tuesday, things turned deadly for her toddler inside her family's Soddy Daisy home.
Just after 8:30PM, deputies found three-year-old Dakota Arndt unconscious. Dakota had been in his mother's boyfriend's care alone in the family home. When the toddler's uncle returned to the home and he says he heard Justin Dale Bradley yelling at the child to "wake up." He says Bradley finally came out of the backroom holding the child's naked lifeless body and that's when the child's uncle called 911.
Bradley told police that the boy drowned in the bathtub, but doctors at the Children's hospital at Erlanger don't believe that's what happened. Doctors reported that the toddler had bruising on his forehead, chest, back, buttocks, and groin area. Further tests revealed that the child also had a dislocated shoulder, bi-lateral retinal hemorrhaging and severe brain swelling.
Doctors declared the little boy brain damage August 30th.All of that medical evidence proved to be enough to charge Bradley with the child's murder. Now, child protective services is looking into the death.
by Mikaya Thurmond