The infant that police say was assaulted by his parents on Christmas Eve died early Saturday at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo., according to Lt. Jeremy House of the Billings Police Department.
The 2-month-old son of Kayla Jean Edwards, 23, and 28-year-old Brandon Tory Edwards died at 3:48 a.m., House said Saturday afternoon. The couple remains incarcerated at the Yellowstone County Jail.
“We’re just waiting for the county attorney’s office to see what the actual charges will be, since the baby died,” House said.
Prosecutors say the baby was choked and suffered a brain injury. Kayla Edwards called 911 on Wednesday night and reported that her baby had stopped breathing, a court document filed on Friday said.
Medical personnel responded to a residence on the 200 block of Terry Avenue at about 8 p.m. and took the child to St. Vincent Healthcare for treatment, police said in a press release.
The medical responders observed suspicious injuries on the infant and notified law enforcement, police said.
“The investigation revealed that the defendant struck her son in the head so hard that she caused a brain injury,” an affidavit of probable cause stated. “The defendant then strangled her son to prevent him from breathing.”
The child’s other parent, Brandon Edwards, admitted to watching and allowing the assault, as well as choking his newborn son on another occasion, records say.
An Oct. 15 birth announcement in The Gazette lists the couple as having twins — a boy and a girl.
Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Chris Morris said that the Edwards may make an initial court appearance on Monday.
During their initial appearances, their bonds will be set by a justice of the peace and they will be scheduled for arraignment in Yellowstone County District Court.