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A mother who admitted to killing her two-year-old son after a night of drinking was sentenced on Thursday to eight years in prison.
Jessica Melissa Brandon, 40, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on what was supposed to be the first day of a 10-day trial last September for her involvement in the death of her 28-month-old son, Draze Brandon-Catcheway.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 31, 2015, Dakota Ojibway Police Service — as it was known as at the time — attended to Waywayseecappo First Nation after receiving a call for a well-being check on Draze.
The officer who arrived on scene found Brandon standing in the doorway looking shook up and distraught and an unresponsive child laying on the couch.
Draze was taken to hospital in Russell and was ultimately transported by STARS Air Ambulance to the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, where he never regained consciousness.
An autopsy revealed the child died of an acute blunt force head injury, with hemorrhaging so significant he would have been symptomatic almost immediately.
Brandon initially told police Draze had rolled off the couch while she was changing his diaper, but changed her story multiple times during a lengthy police investigation.
On the first day of her trial, Brandon admitted that she had been drinking that night and passed out for a period of time, waking up to find Draze jumping around and refusing to listen to her.
Brandon grabbed the child and threw him onto the floor. She said she remembered little of what happened but conceded that she struck him multiple times in the head area.
Crown and defence counsel both recommended the court consider a sentence between seven and 10 years, with the Crown arguing a sentence closer to 10 years would be appropriate and defence asking for a sentence on the lower end.
Full story to come.
» The Brandon Sun