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Three people facing child abuse charges after death of 6-month-old

Posted at 4:30 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-16 14:00:51-04

Three people are facing felony child abuse charges after a 6-month-old died in February.

The child's mother, 19-year-old Kylie Brewer, and Brewer's boyfriend, 18-year-old Jon-Paul Bogdanowich Jr. were booked into the Pima County jail on Tuesday. 

Both are facing one count of felony child abuse, according to Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Cody Gress. 

Deputies also arrested 22-year old Kaylie Gossett on Wednesday. She is facing one count of felony child abuse. 

The three suspects are expected in court for an arraignment on March 16th. This comes as the Pima County Sheriff's Department has released 911 tapes from the incident. A woman identifies herself as the mother of the 6-month-old. Below is a portion of the conversation:

911 dispatcher: What's the problem?
 
Caller: My daughter. We woke up and she wasn't breathing. And I don't know how long it's been but...
 
911 dispatcher: Is she breathing right now?
 
Caller: No.
 
911 dispatcher: O.K. My partner is getting the help started. How old is she?
 
Caller: Six months.
 
911 dispatcher: O.K. And is she awake?
 
Caller: No.

At noon on February 19th, deputies responded to the 2900 block of West Katapa Trail for a report of a 6-month-old girl who was not breathing. 

Members of the Mountain Vista Fire District arrived on scene and transported the girl to Banner University Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. 

According to an interim complaint, deputies say that the child had the following injuries:

...several bruises throughout her body. She had trauma to her nose and mouth. Her nose was red and she had bruising in her gums and lips. Her right humerus (right arm by her elbow) was grossly displaced (broken) with a severe infection.

Other court documents show doctors told investigators that the infant had injuries "inconsistent with her ambulatory ability" at age six months. 

Investigators told a judge the week before the infant was hospitalized, deputies responded to the couple's home for a welfare check at the request of the biological father who lives out of town. The father said Brewer had posted on social media that she had injected drugs, records show. At that time deputies say the child was clean and in good health and Brewer denied drug use. 

When deputies went back to the home when the child was hospitalized, Brewer reportedly admitted to investigators she had injected methamphetamine the previous Tuesday. 

An interim complaint shows that Brewer told police that in the days before the child died, Brewer was in the hospital for four days with pneumonia. She was discharged on February 18th. Brewer said two weeks before her child's death, she noticed the baby's arm was dislocated.

On February 14th Brewer reportedly called Bogdanowich to ask him to put the baby's shoulder back into place. Deputies say she told Bogdanowich that the she believed the baby had gotten her arm stuck in the crib.

Bogdanowich reported seeing dime size bruises on the baby's head, bite marks on the baby's leg, and the victim could no longer cry because her voice was gone. He knew about the baby's shoulder and they were going to take her to urgent care. 

Brewer said she noticed the bruises on the baby's head two weeks to a month before her death, and it looked like someone had been flicking her head. The baby also had a laceration in her genital area, and Brewer told police she believed someone was abusing the baby but she didn't want to report it because she felt like she would be be blamed for the abuse.

Both Brewer and Bogdanowich said their roommate would smother the victim's face into her chest so she would stop crying. 

The roommate who was taking care of the baby while Brewer was in the hospital said that the victim was lethargic, ran a fever, her arm appeared limp and she had a raspy voice and couldn't cry. The woman did not take the baby to the hospital or call 911 because she felt like it was the mother's responsibility. 

The sheriff's department served a search warrant on the couple's home and found needles with an unknown substance, a digital scale, a wooden pipe, and a child's article of clothing, possibly a sock, with blood on it.

Brewer had posted bond and was released, but then was arrested again on drug charges.