UPDATED:Man charged in death of baby

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By Staff Reports

A Chester man has been charged with murder/homicide by child abuse in connection with the death of an 11-month-old baby.
On Wednesday, the Chester County Sheriffs Office was dispatched to 1968 Hardin Strait Rd. in reference to an 11-month-old baby being injured. When deputies arrived on the scene, it was observed that there were no vehicles in the yard and no lights were on in the residence. Deputies noticed that a neighbor was standing outside of his house in the driveway. The man was asked what had happened. He told the deputies that the neighbor's baby had been taken away by an ambulance, but he did not know exactly what was going on.
By that point, the baby, 11-month-old Madison Stewart, had been air-lifted to Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte. The child would spend the next two days there on life support.
On Tuesday, a tape of the 911 call reporting the child's injuries was released. In it, a caller (identified as 27-year-old Jeffery Todd Bradley) notes that the baby is breathing "every so often." Bradley told the dispatcher he had tried to perform CPR on the baby. He then theorized that the baby had been exposed to an electrical hazard.
"She might of got shocked to he honest...(There is a) charging cable that every so often will fall in the floor," Bradley is heard to say on the tape.
Sometime after the baby had been taken to Charlotte, deputies were contacted by an employee of the Department of Social Services who told them the baby had received non-accidental, life-threatening injuries.
A subsequent report, quoting doctors who attended to the baby's injuries, said "physical injuries to the child were inconsistent with the initial interview with the offender in the case. The child had a skull fracture, hemorrhaging of the brain and liver and kidney trauma." The baby died on Friday.
Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said the official cause of death was "blunt force trauma to the head."
The report from the Chester County Sheriff's Department goes on to note that Bradley was the only subject in the residence that was caring for the child at the time of the incident. No injuries were noted as of approximately 6 p.m., when neighbors last saw the child. Maj. Mary Ann Tolbert said Bradley was the boyfriend of the baby's mother.
According to a Friday release from Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood, Bradley was arrested on Friday and charged with murder/homicide by child abuse. His bond was denied. The baby's funeral was held in York County on Tuesday afternoon.


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