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Father arrested after 2-month-old child brought to hospital with brain injuries

Posted at 12:42 PM, Jul 26, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 27-year-old Ryan William Bradford is facing 2 counts of child abuse and neglect after his 2-month-old son was brought to Summerlin Hospital on July 15.

The boy's mother, Kandace Thornton, told police that she left the child in Bradford's care when she went to work earlier that day.

Bradford told police that he was trying to give the baby a bottle after Thornton left and the baby woke up but the baby would not take it.

He says that he was walking around the house, patting the baby on the back and "vigorously" moving the boy up and down when the baby suddenly stopped crying.

Bradford says that the child's eyes rolled into the back of his head and the child went limp and appeared to stop breathing.

Bradford called the boy's mother and she said she would come home.

In the meantime, Bradford continued walking around the house and it happened again.

After Thornton arrived home, it reportedly happened a 3rd time and the couple decided to take the child to the hospital.

Bradford told police during an interview that he must have caused the injury to his son because of how he was holding him.

The injuries sustained by the child were consistent with being shaken. A CT scan also show earlier injuries similar in nature.

The baby was tranferred to University Medical Center. The child's condition at this time is unknown. Bradford is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 2.