KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WDAF) -- A Kansas City man is now facing charges in the death of a 2-month-old baby boy who died in August.
Arlandez Drew has been charged with felony child abuse or neglect resulting in death in Jackson County. It was just Monday that Kansas City police ruled 2-month-old Jamarion Holland’s death a homicide.
Court records say KC police were dispatched to a home on Charlotte Street, just off Bannister and Holmes roads, where they found Drew, who had been caring for the infant by himself. Drew told police he was the boyfriend of Jamarion’s mother.
The 28-year-old told police the baby boy began choking on formula. He allegedly tried to clear his airway, but when Jamarion stopped breathing, court documents say he notified a neighbor who performed CPR.
Emergency responders transported the 2-month-old to a local hospital and then to Children’s Mercy where he later died on Aug. 25.
A scan of the baby’s brain at Children’s Mercy revealed bleeding in the brain and extreme swelling, as well as retinal bleeding. Doctors believed the injuries were consistent with head trauma abuse.
Drew has been taken into police custody, and prosecutors have requested a cash bond of $100,000.