Branscombe Arrested for the Murder of Girlfriendâ??s 8-Month-Old Infant

May 30, 2013 2:57 PM

Tehama County Sheriff deputies today arrested 22-year-old Brandon Ericson Branscombe for the murder of his girlfriend’s 8-month-old infant child on May 12. His bail is currently set at $1,000,000.

On May 12 of this year, deputies from the Sheriff’s Department responded to 65 Byron Avenue in Red Bluff for a medical call involving an infant child who reportedly was not breathing. Upon arrival, a Red Bluff Police Department officer was performing CPR on the infant, and deputies observed what they believed were suspicious visible injuries to the infants head, according to the department’s press release. The infant was transported to Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital and was pronounced dead by medical staff.

After the infant’s death Sheriff Deputies engaged their investigation and learned the infant had been left in the care of Branscombe by the infant’s mother while she went to work around 9:24 a.m. that morning. Branscombe and the infant were the only ones home at the time of the incident. When the Red Police Department officer arrived at the scene, Branscombe was reportedly sleeping in a bed in a different room from the infant. Branscombe, who was formerly in the GPS Alternative Custody Program with the Tehama County Jail for alcohol related offenses, was immediately taken into custody and returned to Tehama County Jail.

The autopsy of the infant was performed on May 14, in which the pathologist ruled the death a homicide. The pathologist further determined the direct cause of death was “multiple blunt force traumas to the head,” according to the press release.

An arrest warrant was issued for Branscombe on May 29, and deputies arrested Branscombe around 11 a.m. today.

The Tehama County Sheriff Office and Tehama County District Attorney will hold a joint press conference regarding this case at 1:30 p.m. today. The press conference will be held at the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office.


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