Parents of a 6-month-old boy have been arrested in connection with the baby’s death last month.
Bradley James Engman, 23, the father of Walker Engman, was arrested on suspicion of murder, child abuse and child endangerment. The infant’s mother, Amanda Hildreth, 24, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.
The Lincoln parents were arrested Wednesday by detectives in the child abuse bureau of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The infant was pronounced dead Nov. 27, according to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Department said that shortly before midnight on Nov. 26 the baby was driven to a hospital by his father. The child was unresponsive upon arrival at the emergency room but initially revived by hospital staff.
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The baby had suffered head trauma and died several hours later. Walker Engman’s death prompted an investigation by detectives.
An autopsy by the coroner’s office ruled the infant’s cause of death as homicide. Evidence indicates that the boy’s injuries occurred several hours before his father brought him to the hospital, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.
Sheriff’s officials also submit that evidence indicates the baby was not provided immediate medical attention by his parents. When the child’s death occurred, the family was living in Sacramento County.
An investigation with the cooperation of the Sacramento County District Attorney Office led to arrest warrants being issued for the parents. Both were arrested and booked into Sacramento County jail.
Engman is not eligible for bail. Hildreth is being held on $50,000 bail.