Las Vegas, NV — A 36-year-old meth addict has been officially charged with the murder of his girlfriend’s 1-year-old son.
Cassandra Hamilton knew Bransen Locks for a couple of months and had been dating for two weeks when she allowed him to babysit her 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son at his mother’s house on May 19.
In the early morning hours, after Locks had picked up the children from daycare, Locks’ mother called 911 when her son frantically pounded on her bedroom door yelling, “Mom, Mom, get up. Help me. The baby’s not breathing.”
Medical personnel noted that Bently Olsen was suffering from severe head injuries, including bleeding on the brain and a “noticeable mid-line shift of the brain.” There was also a red abrasion on the top of his head that looked recent.
When police tried to question Locks about the boy’s condition, he could not be found at the hospital. He had taken off and was found a couple hours later hiding in a crawlspace beneath his house like a sniveling coward. He was placed under arrest for outstanding warrants.
Bently would die from his injuries a week later and doctors concluded those injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome. Doctors told detectives his injuries likely occurred just prior to arriving at the hospital and that even had Olsen survived, he would’ve been “neurologically devastated.”
Olsen’s sister told police that Locks hurt her brother’s head on “brave pokies” inside a tree house – whatever the hell that means. Locks’ mother said that it had been a rough year on her son because of his drug problem and that she suspected him of using crystal meth.
Locks has now officially been charged with first degree murder by child abuse and child abuse with substantial bodily harm. He’s also being charged with child abuse for killing and/or causing the death of Bently in front of his sister.Tags: babysitter, Bransen Locks, Child Abuse, Crime, Murder, Nevada, Shaken Baby