Dad BRADLEY ROOSEVELT II had unsupervised weekend visitation with his 8-month-old twins. Somehow during the visit, the baby boy died of a skull fracture. Dad has been charged with 1st-degree murder. And just why do dads need visitation with infants anyway? Is it really necessary? What does it accomplish? Can't visitation wait till the babies are older?
Judge: No Bond For Alleged Baby Killer
Examiner Confirms 8-Month-Old Boy Died Of Skull Fracture
POSTED: 2:26 pm EDT August 8, 2009
UPDATED: 4:53 pm EDT August 9, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. -- An Orange County man was arrested on Saturday and charged with first-degree murder after his 8-month-old child died. Sunday the accused killer made his first court appearance where a judge ordered Bradley Roosevelt II to be held on a no-bond status.
Orange County Sheriff's Office homicide investigators were dispatched to the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children Friday evening following a call from a hospital staff member in reference to the boy's death.
The infant, Roosevelt Bradley III, succumbed to unspecified injuries while undergoing treatment at the hospital for injuries suffered at 5706 Estancia Drive in the Harbor Beach Condominiums.
Both parents were at the hospital when investigators arrived. Investigators interviewed and arrested Roosevelt Bradley II and charged him with one count of aggravated child abuse.
He was taken to the Orange County Sheriff's Office Central Complex at 2500 West Colonial Drive for further questioning. He is currently in the Orange County Jail.
When a medical examiner confirmed Saturday afternoon that the child had died as result of foul play, his father's charge was upgraded to first-degree murder.
At this point, investigators said they have determined that the victim's mother, Elizabeth Bradley, didn't live with the father. Police said the mother met Bradley at about noon the previous day to drop the victim and his twin sister off to spend time with their father.
The father called the victim's mother and then called authorities when the infant appeared to be having medical issues, police said.