Father charged with murder by abuse in infant son's death

LEBANON, Ore. - A father is being held wihtout bail on accusations of murder by abuse in the January death of his 3-month-old son.

Deputies arrested Kyle Brown, 27, on Thursday, March 27, on a grand jury indictment charging him with Murder By Abuse, Manslaughter In The First Degree and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

The investigation started January 21 at 10:36 p.m. with a 911 call reporting an unresponsive 3-month-old boy at a Lebanon home.

The infant, Wade Mitchell Brown, received CPR en route to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital,

The boy died about 2 hours later.

According to the sheriff's office, the investigation revealed there were three other people present at the time Wade was found unresponsive on January 21, 2014: Wade's mother, Kayla Harris, 21; Wade's father, Kyle Brown, 27; and their 19-month-old daughter.

On a later date, the 19-month-old child was taken into protective custody by the Department Human Services, the sheriff said.

Detectives learned that Kayla left Kyle alone in the bedroom with Wade and their toddler daughter so that she could take a shower.

Kayla told detectives Wade was awake and breathing at the time she went to shower.
Upon her return a short time later, she found that Wade was not breathing.

Kyle, and their infant daughter, who was asleep in a playpen, were the only people with Wade, the sheriff said.

Finding her son unresponsive, Kayla Harris immediately called 911 for help.

Detectives seized evidence from the residence that included drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and marijuana, the sheriff said.

While at the hospital, detectives noticed bruising on Wade's face as well as other parts of his body which is consistent with abuse.

On Wednesday, March 26, a Linn County Grand Jury heard testimony from over 20 witnesses and issued Murder By Abuse, Manslaughter In The First Degree, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine indictments for Kyle Lee Brown.

A no-bail warrant listing the above charges was signed by a Linn County Judge. Deputies took Brown into custody shortly after noon Thursday.