BANGOR, Maine — A Penobscot County judge will decide Friday morning whether a local man accused of manslaughter in the November death of his 3-month-old son should have his bail revoked and wait in jail for his trial.
Dustin Brown, 19, was arrested in August after he allegedly left his father’s home at Birch Hill Estates in Bangor for purposes not related to his employment, a violation of the conditions of his bail.
In an affidavit released in support of probable cause for the violations, Bangor police Detective Tim Shaw said that Brown reportedly went to the Bangor State Fair with Alexis Geiser on July 27 and that at the time of his arrest he was residing with Geiser, the daughter of his employer, Shane Geiser, owner of Geiser Properties in Holden. Brown’s bail conditions required him to live under his father’s roof and supervision.
Geiser reportedly denied that she and Brown went to the fair when police asked her about reports that he was seen there.
Police later arrested Brown for allegedly violating his bail conditions. Maine Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson, who is prosecuting the case, filed a motion on Friday to revoke Brown’s preconviction bail.
Brown was 18 when he was charged with manslaughter in the Nov. 25 death of his son, Xander C. Brown, in early January. He entered a plea of not guilty on Jan. 3 and was released on bail on Jan. 18 with conditions that included a requirement that he remain in the custody of his father. An autopsy revealed the infant died from “inflicted trauma.”
Bangor police Lt. Tim Reid said at the time of the arrest that Brown told the baby’s mother that he had been feeding Xander and when he went to burp him, Xander’s head struck his chin. Brown said that he “jerked Xander when this happened,” a police affidavit said.
“Dustin told her that Xander went limp after he jerked him. Dustin began crying after telling her this.”
The baby, who was born premature, had no other signs of injury. Brown told investigators that “he was feeding Xander his bottle when he just went limp while eating and was unresponsive,” Bangor police Detective Brent Beaulieu said in the affidavit. “Dustin denied witnessing or having knowledge of any traumatic injury to Xander.”
The child’s mother and his grandmother, who were both in the house while Brown was feeding the baby, said they heard a commotion or “thud sound” just before Brown left the bedroom with the unresponsive baby, according to police.
Police charged Brown with manslaughter, a Class A crime that carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.
Brown’s trial date has not been set.