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Father charged in death of infant

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By Alice Du Pont

Kearse Raeshon Bradham, 19, of Midway, was arrested last Friday and charged with one count of second-degree murder in the death of his 2-month-old daughter, Keyoine Bradham.

According to a report on file with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Bradham admitted that on Oct. 30, the day the child died, he was frustrated with the responsibilities of being a new father and, after feeding the baby, he sat on the side of the bed and began shaking and squeezing the baby very hard while applying more pressure. He said he then turned the baby away from him and in the process struck the baby's head on the wooden edge of a bed.

“The baby's arm went stiff and she did not cry. (I) held the baby in my arms, kissed the baby and then placed her in the bassinet," Bradham said, according to the report.

The young father initially denied holding the baby at all and said he was asleep in another room and only knew anything was wrong when he heard the child's mother, Tamela Watson, screaming hysterically that the baby wasn't breathing. During three interviews prior to his confession, he told authorities that he was walking into the bathroom where the mother was taking a shower and accidentially struck the baby's head on the doorframe.

However, an autopsy conducted Oct. 31 revealed that the infant suffered blunt force trauma to the left side of her head and hemmorrhaging in the 11th and 12th rib area. She also sustained heavy hemmorrhaging to the bilateral nerve in the eye area.

Investigators said Bradham confessed after he was confronted with the autopsy report.