Logan Edward Bratton
November 8, 2003 - April 4, 2007
Logan was born on November 8, 2003 to Willie Bratton and Donetta Ernst. At the time Logan was rushed to the hospital with a fatal head injury, he was not with his father. He was with his mother's boyfriend, Joe Mendez. Just hours before Logan was brought to the hospital unresponsive that day, he had been on errands with Joe. He was even seen playing happily with Joe's four young children.
That morning, Joe was caring for all five children in their apartment. One of Joe's children and Logan got into a fight about some toys and Joe took Logan out of the kitchen to go discipline him, according to one of Joe's children. Shortly after this a 911 call was made by Joe. He said that Logan fell off the top bunk of a bunk bed. Later, Joe said that this had not actually happened and that he lied because he was afraid he would get in trouble if he admitted that he had hit Logan with his hand.
Joe then said that when he hit Logan, it caused Logan to fall down and hit his head on the floor or an object. Firefighters who came to the scene said they met Joe in the entryway to the apartment. Joe had Logan in his arms and didn't say much about what happened except for that Logan had fallen. Logan was pronounced brain dead after being rushed to the hospital. A doctor did not think that Logan's injuries could have been caused by a fall. Logan passed away due to his injuries which included head trauma as well as internal trauma to his abdomen.
Joe was found guilty of first degree murder in Logan's death. Joe was sentenced to fifty-five years.
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