Fort Worth man faces murder charge in baby's death

FORT WORTH — A 27-year-old Fort Worth man was charged Sunday with murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s 3-month-old daughter earlier this month.

Kenneth Wayne Scott, who was arrested March 25, was transferred from the Mansfield jail to the Tarrant County Jail this morning, jail records show. His bail is set at $250,000.

Police had been called to the couple’s apartment in the 5400 block of Boca Canyon Drive on the evening of March 16 on a report that the infant, Brandi Jonae Wesley, had stopped breathing, according to a Fort Worth police report.

Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman with Child Protective Services, said the infant’s mother and an 8-year-old sibling had apparently left the apartment to run some errands, leaving the child in Scott’s care.

“When they came back the baby was on the couch and she was not breathing,” Gonzales said.

The child was taken to Cook Children’s Medical where she was pronounced dead at 8:31 p.m. that day. An autopsy later determined she had died from a closed head injury caused by blunt force trauma. Her death was ruled a homicide by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

Gonzales said in addition to a severe skull fracture, the infant also had other marks on her body that were of concern to investigators. As a result, the state agency conducted an emergency removal of the infant girl’s 8-year-old brother while the investigation continues.

“The biggest concern is we don’t know how long those had been there and whether or not there were some signs that the mother should have noticed,” Gonzales.

The boy has been placed in foster care, she said.

“He doesn’t exhibit any sign of having been abused or neglected in any way,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales said CPS had no previous history with the family.

Tarrant County records show Scott has previous misdemeanor convictions for terroristic threat, assault with bodily injury, and possession of marijuana.