A trio of suspects previously charged with child abuse in connection with the Feb. 19 death of 6-month-old Wyllow Brewer are now facing murder charges, officials said.
The child’s mother, Kylie Brewer, 19, was one of three people arraigned Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and two separate counts of felony child abuse, said Deputy Pima County Attorney Alan Goodwin.
Kylie Brewer’s boyfriend, Jon-Paul Bogdanowich Jr., and Kaylie Gossett, a friend of the couple, were arraigned on the same charges, Goodwin said.
Gossett, 22, is being held in the Pima County jail on a $10,000 bond, but Brewer and Bogdanowich, 19, were not listed on the jail’s online inmate database.
Authorities also issued an arrest warrant for a fourth person in connection with the case, but Goodwin declined to release the name until an arrest has been made.
Pima County Sheriff’s deputies went to Brewer and Bogdanowich’s home, located in the 2900 block of West Katapa Trail, on Feb. 19 for reports of a child that had stopped breathing, according to a search warrant return filed in Pima County Superior Court.
Deputies noted that Wyllow was blue in color and had blood in her nose and mouth. She was taken to Banner-University Medical Center where she was pronounced deceased.
Physicians’ reports showed that Wyllow had a bruise on her head and fractures to both her arms and legs, including a right arm that was “grossly displaced,” according to the document.
Although Brewer and Bogdanowich told deputies that they found Wyllow unresponsive in her crib, a search of the home indicated that the crib appeared undisturbed. The search also revealed hypodermic needles and other evidence of drug use, and the couple told detectives they’d used methamphetamine a few days before, the document said.
Brewer said that she’d recently been in the hospital for pneumonia, during which Gossett and another friend stayed at the home to watch Wyllow. When she returned home on Feb. 18, they continued to watch Wyllow while Brewer was at work but left when she returned home at about 10 p.m.
Brewer and Bogdanowich told detectives they’d seen evidence of abuse after Gossett had previously watched Wyllow, including bruises and bite marks. Brewer also said that Gossett periodically refused to let Brewer see the child, threatening to tell the police that she was abusing drugs and her daughter, the document said.
The child’s autopsy revealed bruises all over her body, including her head, torso arms and legs, although there was no evidence of bite marks, according to one of the detectives who observed the procedure.
“The pathologist did tell me that the baby (had) a fractured humerus and that she had a severe infection on her arm,” the warrant return said. “I was told that the baby would have been in a lot of pain due to the trauma.”
Bogdanowich told detectives that on Feb. 14, the baby’s shoulder had been dislocated after getting caught in the crib and he’d popped it back into place.
Gossett, who admitted to using and selling methamphetamine, denied ever hurting Wyllow.
A case management hearing is set for April 17 in Pima County Superior Court, said court spokeswoman, Krisanne LoGalbo.