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Man under arrest for death of 1-year-old boy

Man under arrest for death of 1-year-old boy

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 17, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- 36-year-old Bransen Locks is under arrest for the death of a one-year-old boy.

According to a police report, Las Vegas police were called to University Medical Center on May 19, 2013, after Bently Olsen arrived at the hospital unresponsive.

Police were told by UMC staff that Bransen Locks had arrived with the child.

They were also told that Olsen had a massive subdural hematoma to the left side of his head and was bleeding in his brain and was in need of surgery.

After being unable to locate Locks at the hospital, patrol officers were dispatched to his home in the 2600 block of South Tenaya Way.

Patrol officers found Locks hiding in a crawl space beneath the house. He was placed under arrest for unrelated charges.

The police report says that Locks was looking after his girlfriend's two children -- Olsen and his 5-year-old sister -- when the injuries occurred.

Locks was watching the children at his mother's house when the child was injured.

Locks' mother is the person who called 911 after her son told her that the baby was "not breathing."

She also told police that it had been a rough year on her son because of his drug problem and that she suspected him of using "crystal meth."

Locks' girlfriend and mother of the children Cassandra Hamilton told police that she had only been dating Locks one to two weeks but had known him for 2 months.

She said that this was the first time that Locks had taken the children anywhere but that he had babysat them once before.

During the investigation, police spoke to Olsen's 5-year-old sister who told police that Locks had hurt her brother's head on what she called "brave pokies" in the tree house in Locks' back yard.

Olsen died from his injuries on May 26.

Locks has been charged with first degree murder by child abuse and child abuse with substantial bodily harm in relation to what happened to Bently Olsen.

He is also being charged with child abuse in relation to Bently's sister for killing and/or causing the death of Bently in front of her.

He is scheduled to appear in court on July 25.

Joyce Lupiani

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