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Lexington father pleads not guilty, charged with abuse of his infant

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington father pleaded not guilty in court Thursday. He's been accused of abusing his four-month-old daughter.

Brandon Dow, 23, is charged with criminal abuse. Police say the baby girl was taken to Kentucky Children's Hospital with bleeding of the eyes and a fractured rib.

In jail for allegedly abusing his infant, Dow was arraigned Thursday on that criminal abuse charge after police say he put his four-month-old in the hospital.

Dow was arrested Wednesday, and according to his arrest citation, it's because his four-month-old daughter had several physical injuries that police say Dow is responsible for. Those injuries include bleeding of her eyes, bleeding on her brain, and a fractured rib.

His arrest citation says the incident happened at his Lexington home on Kirklevington Drive at the Tates Creek Village apartments.

We are told the four-month-old is still recovering at the hospital. There is no word on her condition. WKYT's Jerrika Insco spoke with Dow's wife over the phone who did not want to comment on the incident and would not say how her daughter is doing. Dow's mother and wife also attended his arraignment in district court.

On Thursday afternoon in court at his arraignment, Dow's attorney spoke of Dow's past and what could be in his future.

"He served two tours in Afghanistan, and he rotated back in May and moved here to join his wife. They met down when he was stationed, and he planning on attending the University of Kentucky in the fall," said Christopher Spedding, the defense attorney.

The baby has been placed with a foster parent who we are told is related to the family.

Dow is currently being held on a $10,000 cash bond, which the judge ordered the family needs to pay 10 percent of to get him out of jail. Dow is set to be back in court on August 1 for a preliminary hearing.

Once out of jail, the judge has ordered that Dow be on house arrest and is not to have any contact with his daughter.

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