An 18-year-old Brownwood man has been indicted for capital murder in connection with the Dec. 13 death of his four-week-old daughter, Brownwood police said Friday afternoon.
The Brown County Grand Jury returned the indictment Thursday against Jekaris Bryant, who was arrested Friday, Brown County Jail records state. Bryant’s bond was set at $500,000.
Police confirmed Bryant’s arrest in an email to the media but provided few details about the infant’s death. Breyla Ann Bryant was born Nov. 15 in Brownwood and died Dec. 13, according to the infant’s obituary published in the Bulletin.
“This is a tragic event which has heavily impacted the family, investigators and medical personnel,” police said in the email. “Our prayers and thoughts are extended to everyone involved.”
According the email:
On Sunday, Dec. 13, officers with the Brownwood Police Department were dispatched to the Brownwood Regional Medical Center regarding a report of a female infant not breathing.
Prior to the police being notified, the infant was driven to the emergency room by family members who reported that they discovered her not breathing while at home. Attempts to revive the infant were unsuccessful and she was pronounced deceased at 4:12 p.m.
The infant was then transported to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth for an autopsy.
Brownwood police, the Texas Rangers and Child Protective Services began in investigation. Authorities presented information Thursday to the grand jury, and Bryant was arrested Friday without incident.
The investigation is ongoing. “This is a tragic event by all accounts and our prayers are with everyone involved,” police said.