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Stanton Man Arrested for Murder of a Two Month Old

Date of News Release: 05/05/2013

Brett R. Thompson

(Ashland, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police in Ashland have arrested a Stanton, KY resident after conducting an investigation into the death of a two month old infant.

On Saturday May 4, 2013 the Boyd County Sheriff's Department responded to 110 Caroline Drive in Westwood, KY after receiving a report of an unresponsive two month old infant female. Boyd County EMS also responded to the residence and transported the infant to King's Daughters Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased at 1034 am by Boyd County Deputy Coroner Ralph Beadle.

On Sunday May 5, 2013 an autopsy was conducted at the Kentucky State Medical Examiners Office and it was determined the infant's death was a homicide as a result of blunt force trauma. (The infant had multiple head and brain injuries which resulted in the death.) Upon completion of the autopsy The Boyd County Sheriff's Department contacted Post 14 and requested the investigation be assigned to a Detective.

Detective Ben Cramer responded and began an investigation into the death. During the course of the investigation it was determined Brett R. Thompson, who is the mother's boyfriend, had struck the infant in the head.

Brett R. Thompson, age 18, of Stanton, KY was arrested, charged with Murder and lodged in the Boyd County Detention Center.

The following agencies responded and assisted during the course of the investigation: Boyd County Sheriff's Department, Boyd County EMS, Boyd County Coroner's Office and The Kentucky State Medical Examiners Office.

The case remains under investigation by Detective Ben Cramer.

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