STPSO Detectives were notified by doctors Sunday (April 19) morning that the infant had succumbed to his injuries. At that time the charge against Brian Young was upgraded from L.R.S. 14:93.2.3 Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles to L.R.S. 14:30 First-Degree Murder.
“This was an innocent and helpless baby,” Sheriff Randy Smith said. “The idea that his precious life was taken by his own father is incomprehensible. I applaud our deputies and detectives who worked this very sad case.”
The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 21-year-old Mandeville-area man after he admitted to abusing his five-month-old son. The infant remains in critical condition at an area hospital.
Shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday (April 16), the infant’s mother called 911 after the father, Brian Young, called her concerned because the baby had stopped breathing. The mother was at work at the time, and Young was home alone with the infant.
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and emergency services personnel responded to the home, and the infant was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Doctors discovered the infant had non-accidental injuries consistent with child abuse.
After speaking with detectives, Young admitted to throwing the infant numerous times onto the floor and into a swing, striking his head on the metal bar of the swing in the process.
A warrant was issued for Young’s arrest Saturday (April 18) morning, and he was booked into the St. Tammany Parish Jail for one count of L.R.S. 14:93.2.3 Second Degree Cruelty to Juveniles (felony).
Young was also booked on one count each of L.R.S. 40:966 Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule I (misdemeanor) and L.R.S. 14:91.13 Controlled Dangerous Substances in the Presence of a Minor (misdemeanor) after narcotics were located inside the residence.
This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information will be provided at this time.