BANGOR, Maine — The teenage father of a 3-month-old boy who died on Nov. 25 was indicted Wednesday on a charge of manslaughter and placed under arrest, Bangor police said.
Dustin Brown, 18, was indicted by a Penobscot County grand jury Wednesday afternoon for his alleged involvement in the death of his son, Xander C. Brown.
The autopsy, performed by the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta on Nov. 26, determined the cause of death to be “inflicted trauma.”
Lt. Tim Reid, lead detective for Bangor’s Criminal Investigation Division, said it was obvious from the autopsy’s findings that trauma was inflicted on the infant, specifically “traumatic head injuries.”
“How we believe those injuries were inflicted is not being released at this time,” Reid said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon at the Bangor police station.
Dustin Brown is being held at the Penobscot County Jail and is scheduled to make an initial court appearance at 1 p.m. Thursday at Penobscot Judicial Center, according to police. Manslaughter, a Class A crime, carries a maximum sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
Reid said a family member made the initial 911 call at 4:07 p.m. Nov. 25 to report that a male child wasn’t breathing. Bangor police and Fire Department personnel went to 94 Thatcher St. and the child was immediately taken from his home to Eastern Maine Medical Center. At 5:40 p.m., hospital staff members notified Bangor police that Xander Brown had died.
Reid said that as a result of the investigation conducted by Detectives Brent Beaulieu and Timothy Cotton — which included witness statements from several people in the home on the day of the incident — charges were filed.
Police said they consider the incident a domestic violence crime.
Reid, citing recent crime statistics released by the state and compiled by the Bangor Daily News, said seven of the 25 homicides in Maine in 2012 happened in Bangor.
The baby, nicknamed “Xanderbear,” was born to Brown and Alania Cain on Aug. 22, according to his obituary, which ran in the Bangor Daily News on Nov. 28.
“Mommy and Daddy love you so very much, Xanderbear,” it states. “We will never forget you. You will forever be in our hearts and memories. Everything we do from now on will be in memory of you.”