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UPDATE: Arraignment set in infant murder case

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By Calen McKinney

Three-month-old Charles Brett Hayden Jr. died of blunt force trauma and police say the infant's mother and stepfather are responsible.

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Dale Brucker, 26, and Brianna Brucker, 20, both of 109 Mill St., were indicted by a Taylor County grand jury last week after a nearly six-month investigation into the infant's death.

The Bruckers were charged with murder, which is a Class A felony punishable by as much as life in prison.

The two are expected to appear in Taylor Circuit Court next Tuesday for arraignment.

According to the indictment, the Bruckers caused trauma that led to the infant's death on July 22 at Kosair Children Hospital in Louisville.

Brianna Brucker is the child's mother and Dale Brucker is his stepfather.

Several obituary notices list Dale Brucker as the infant's father, while others say it is Charles Brett Hayden Sr.

Campbellsville Police Chief Tim Hazlette said the investigation into the infant's death began after someone called 911 and reported that he needed medical attention.

According to a Campbellsville Police news release from July, Campbellsville/Taylor County EMS personnel responded to a call reporting that the 3-month-old was unresponsive at the Mill Street home.

The infant was treated at Taylor Regional Hospital and later transported to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy for the infant was conducted at the state medical examiner's office in Louisville.

TRH staff members notified law enforcement of the death after they found evidence that concerned them, Hazlette said.

In July, the death hadn't been ruled as accidental, from natural causes or as the result of a homicide.

Since then, Hazlette said, police have continued the investigation by interviewing the Bruckers about their alleged involvement in the incident. He said they have also taken polygraph tests.

Hazlette said lab and medical examiner reports were presented to the grand jury last week. The reports, he said, show that the infant died of non-accidental blunt force trauma to his head.

"It's unclear what manner that blunt force trauma was delivered," he said.

Hazlette said the investigation into the death took a while because it needed to be done correctly.

"We went through this pretty intensely," he said.

The Bruckers were arrested on Wednesday. Dale Brucker was arrested in Fayette County that night and transported to Taylor County Detention Center the next day.

Campbellsville Police Detective David Tucker is investigating the case against the Bruckers. He was out of town and couldn't be reached before press time.

Commonwealth's Attorney Shelly Miller declined to comment on the case.

Dale Brucker was also charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender. His bond was set at $125,000 cash. Bond for Brianna Brucker was set at $100,000 cash.

As conditions should they be released, the two were ordered to not have contact with any children younger than 12.

Also Indicted:

• Justin D. Dubiel, 30, of 120 Sunset Drive in Campbellsville, was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child younger than 12, first-degree sodomy and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

The charges stem from a December incident in which Dubiel allegedly gave a girl alcohol and touched her inappropriately.

According to Dubiel's arrest citation, the girl told police he had ordered her to get into his bed after giving her alcohol to drink.

The girl told Campbellsville Police Officer Bart Gilpin that Dubiel allegedly touched her genitals.

Bond was set at $20,000 cash and he was ordered to not have contact with his alleged victim. If convicted, he could be sentenced to as much as life in prison.

Jessica Miller, 30, also of 120 Sunset Drive, was charged with intimidating a witness in a legal process. Her charge stems from the same December incident.

According to Miller's arrest citation, she is accused of telling the girl to not tell police what allegedly happened with Dubiel because it is a secret.

Miller also allegedly told the girl to say she had consumed alcohol thinking it was Kool-Aid.

She is also accused of telling the girl to tell police that she was wearing pants when the alleged sexual abuse happened, and for the girl to say she was pretending to be Miller during the alleged incident and climbed into Dubiel's bed.

Miller also allegedly told the girl to say that children were having a slumber party in her bedroom.

Court records state that the scenarios Miller allegedly told the girl to tell police were all discussed during an interview between Miller and Campbellsville Police Sgt. David Tucker, and there was no reason for the girl to know about them.

Miller's bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000 and she was ordered to not have contact with the alleged victim or witnesses in the case. If convicted, she could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• Amy Edwards, 31, of 226 Carnation St. in Campbellsville, was charged with the first-degree robbery of Minit Mart.

According to a Campbellsville Police Department news release, while on patrol on Dec. 14, Officer Scotty Perian located a vehicle suspected to have been involved with the robbery of Minit Mart on Old Lebanon Road.

The robbery happened at 9:09 a.m., according to a news release, when a clerk said a white female about 5 feet 6 inches tall came in the store wearing a ski mask. The woman said she had a gun and ran away after taking money from the store's cash register.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash and Edwards was ordered to not have contact with the alleged victim or have any weapons. If convicted, she could be sentenced to as much as 20 years in prison.

• Jeremiah D. Perkins, 35, of 3466 Spendthrift Way in Lexington, was charged with defrauding a secure creditor of more than $100.

Bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000 and he was ordered to not have contact with the alleged victim. If convicted, Perkins could be sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

• An indictment is a legal accusation only.