Originally published 8-13-20 via Nixle
by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office:
“On March 3, 2020, Homicide Detectives responded to conduct a death investigation of a two-month-old baby in Apple Valley. During the last five months, detectives have gathered information and evidence that determined Kristen Brandon was under the influence, therefore negligent in her care of Natalie and ultimately smothered her.
While investigating the death of Natalie, detectives learned Kristin had a baby in 2017, Aryana Harper, and she died at two-months of age. Detectives reviewed the evidence in this case and located a witness that provided critical information which determined Aryana’s death was also a result of negligence while Kristin was under the influence.
Homicide Detectives submitted their findings to the District Attorney’s office and they have filed murder charges in the death of Natalie and manslaughter for the death of Aryana.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information, or anyone who witnessed the incident, is asked to contact Detective Eric Ogaz, Specialized Investigations Division – Homicide Detail at (909)387-3589. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.”