Fort Worth man charged in death of girlfriend's baby

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

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

Police were 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 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 Center and was pronounced dead at 8:31 p.m. An autopsy determined that she died from a closed head injury caused by blunt-force trauma. The Tarrant County medical examiner's office ruled her death a homicide.

Sgt. Chad Mahaffey, a police spokesman, said Scott attributed her injuries to a fall.

"The child's injuries are inconsistent with his explanation," Mahaffey said.

Gonzales said that in addition to a severe skull fracture, the infant had other marks on her body that concerned investigators. That prompted the state agency's emergency removal of the infant's 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 said.

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 history with the family.

Tarrant County records show that Scott has misdemeanor convictions for terroristic threatening, assault with bodily injury and marijuana possession.

DEANNA BOYD, 817-390-7655