Mother's Boyfriend Investigated In Toddler's Death

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The boyfriend of a woman whose child died after apparent abuse is under investigation, officials told KPRC Local 2. Liberty County sheriff's deputies said Brooke Blackerby, 15 months, died at Memorial Hermann ...
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Trashing the mother of the child, or trashing brandon is doing no one any good other than opening your self up for slander charges. BOTTOM LINE...THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES AND BROOKE DESERVED NONE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. And for you that didnt like my comment read the papers, its all over, turn on your radio if your too ignorant to read, youll hear it for yourself.
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Man Arrested for Murder of 15 Month Old Baby

LIBERTY, February 29, 2008 - On the afternoon of February 28 th , Brandon Roy Vestal, age 22 of Baytown, was arrested for Capital Murder.


Liberty County Sergeant Investigator Kenny Dagle arrested Vestal at the Liberty County Sheriff's Department without incident.

Brandon Vestal's arrest comes after a year and a half long investigation into the death of 15 month old Brooke Erin Blackerby. It is alleged that Brooke Blackerby received her injuries in September 2006, at a time when Vestal was babysitting the child in Hull, TX. When the patient was originally taken to Liberty-Dayton Hospital, she was suffering from irreversible shock. She was stabilized, then flown by LifeFlight air ambulance to Hermann Hospital in Houston. Brooke Blackerby died three days later due to internal injuries.

Sheriff's Captain Chip Fairchild said the Liberty County Grand Jury heard testimony on Wednesday, February 27 th . The Grand Jury subsequently handed down an indictment on Brandon Vestal. Sergeant Dagle contacted Vestal's attorney on Thursday the 28 th . On Thursday afternoon, Vestal arrived at the Sheriff's Department with family members, to turn himself in. Captain Fairchild said the Sheriff's Department will continue working with the District Attorney's office in preparation for trial.

Sheriff Greg Arthur stated there was no bond set for Brandon Vestal. He also noted that Vestal did not have a prior criminal history.

BROOKE IS THE INNOCENT ONE, WHO DESERVED NONE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. SO EVERYONE NEEDS TO QUIT THE TRASH TALKING THE EVIDENCE SAYS IT ALL!






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#23
Mar 4, 2008
 
You are EXACTLY right its not doing anyone and good..so why are you still running your mouth..take your own advice and keep your opinion to urself!
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#24
Mar 6, 2008
 
Look at all the innocent children being killed everyday. Many killers are still out there but this man took a stand and turned himself in to the police. I work in a male prison, and if no one knows it is going to be hell for Brandon if the other offender's find out he has killed a child because that is one thing that they dont put up with. So the advise i am offering is that the family that has been here from him during this time continue being here because prison is a very harsh environment. I am not here to judge anyone because i dont know what mind-state anyone was in i am just here to offer my advise. JUST ALWAYS BE SUPPORTIVE THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE TIME!!!!!!!!!!
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Mar 6, 2008
 
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I hope and pray the police investigate this baby's death. Dayton paper please follow the story.
http://www.myfoxhouston.com/myfox/pages/Home/...
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Mar 6, 2008
 
I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT BRANDON IS NOT THE TYPE OF GUY TO HURT ANYONE. HE IS SWEET AND TRUSTWORTHY. BRANDON HAS NEVER DONE ANYTHING BAD AND HE WOULD NEVER HURT A CHILD. BRANDON IS A GREAT PERSON AND FOR ALL YOU PEOPLE THAT DO NNOT KNOW HIM.... I THINK YOU SHOULD STICK TO YOUR OWN FAMILY BUSINESS.... BECAUSE I BET UR LIFE IS NOT PERFECT..... BRANDON IS INNOCENT..... IT WAS AN ACCIDENT.... HE IS NOT PERFECT... BUT I STILL LOVE HIM AND WILL STAND BY HIM.
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Mar 7, 2008
 
I believe anyone who is capable of hurting a baby should suffer the harshest punishment available. I think everyone should allow the facts to be told in the court of law. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but to pass judgement on someone is punishable by something much greater then the law. I personally know this family and I am so sad for Jamie's grandmother. Here it sits three years after the murder of my best friend and her grandson James Aurthur Vestal, and the man who shot him "Gerald Wells" is walking around on a 55,000 bond. Yet this young man who allegedly was involved in a murder case has no bond. Where is the justice in that?I don't trust the officials in Liberty county. Look it up for yourself. For 5,000 dollars a man walks free on the very ground my friend now lays beneath. Brandon has no previous record. Gerald Wells has a long criminal history. Yet he was set free to continue to break the law. He's now wanted on Liberty's top ten check out i-dineout.com Let the law determine Brandon's fate and don't jump to conclusions. Those of us who are from Liberty County know how these back woods officials run their city.
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#28
Mar 7, 2008
 
this has been investigated a long time, do you think the officials would waste their time if they didn't have proper evidence, Brooke was innocent and died a horrible death at the hand of a vile person, hopefully the courts will prove that our judicial process is still intact and there will be payment for the spill of innocent blood, punishment will come either here on earth or in the hereafter, either way there will be payment!!!!!

Rest in Peace Baby Brooke
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#29
Mar 7, 2008
 
It was a horrific incident that took place.I think anyone would agree that the death of a child is something that no family should have to endure. However,the grand jury has indited innocent people before, so allow the facts to come out before you place judgement. Remember there are so many people right now that need the spiritual support whether guilty or not. As a human being allow this family their day in court and stop trying to drag there names thru the mud. If the truth is that he's guilty then say what you want but until then Iam praying that this has all been a horrible ACCIDENT. Lena Rives
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Mar 8, 2008
 
anyone who knows Brandon, or has ever been around him knows he could never do something like theyre sayin he did..ppl are taking things they hear, telling other ppl, and everythings gettin twisted around...i know ive read 2 or 3 different stories on here, and every single one of them are different. Its hard to beleive that ppl who dont know anything but what they hear, say your guilty. What happened to innocent until proven guilty..whats this world coming to?
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#31
Mar 10, 2008
 
I have experienced a Grand Jury verdict.My daughters were sexually molested by my brother-in-law,while his wife was babysitting. They were old enough to go before the grand jury and tell thier story,as painful as it was at 8 & 10 yrs. old. He was found not guilty, and walked out grinning, to later die at the hands of a 12 yr. old child.There was no justice in that grand jury,so please do not assume they are always right.This young man is very well known for his big heart and loving nature.Please stop judging him, you really don't know the facts.
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Mar 10, 2008
 
if you people who think that this man is innocent, read the papers! He turned himself in. Why would you turn yourself in if you didn't do anything wrong
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Mar 10, 2008
 
AHH LOOK THE SO CALLED INNOCENT MANS STORY CHANGED OVER AND OVER AGAIN...BUT IF YOU STILL BELIEVE HE IS INNOCENT IM SURE HE WILL BABYSIT YOUR KIDS!!!!
-VOLUME 21 NO. 175 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12TH, 2006-
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Liberty County Sheriff Greg Arthur said his department is continuing to investigate the death of Brooke Erin Blackerby. The 15 month old girl died last Thursday as a result of injuries she received over the Labor Day weekend. The child’s baby sitter, 21 year old Brandon Roy Vestal said she fell from a second floor balcony.
-VOLUME 21 NO. 173 FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH, 2006-
Yesterday morning, 15- month- old Brooke Erin Blackerby was taken off life support and died of injuries she received over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The child’s baby sitter, her mothers boyfriend, 21 year old Brandon Roy Vestal, first said the child fell off some steps, and then changed the story to say she had fallen from a second floor balcony. Sgt. Investigator Kenny Dagle with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department said his investigation continues.
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-VOLUME 21 NO. 171 WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH, 2006-
Liberty Co. Sgt. Investigator Kenny Dagle said the story of how 15 month old Brooke Erin Blackerby was injured has changed from a fall off the front porch stairs, to a fall from a second floor balcony. Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Dagle said Brandon Roy Vestal says the girl fell about 14 hours before the early morning call to EMS. Vestal told investigators he called for help when the little girl was unresponsive.
-VOLUME 21 NO. 170 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2006- A 5-month-old infant suffered severe injuries Sunday morning around 2 when she reportedly fell down a flight of steps at her home in Hull. Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Kenny Dagle said Brandon Roy Vestal, 21, was baby-sitting Brooke Erin Blackerby while the child’s mother, Carrie was at work. The infant girl’s heartbeat was restarted twice with CPR at Liberty-Dayton Community Hospital. She remains in critical condition, Sergeant Dagle said she might not recover.
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Mar 11, 2008
 
Im Kimberly Brandons my baby brother one of them any way since you know so much about my lil man let me inform you of the real deal momma raised her chilren with morals and values unlike most people why would my lil man run from the law enforcement if he was innocent thats the question i love the world just like brandon if he has a fault in him at all that would be it he loves children if you should have a question in your mind at all it should be why i wasnt questioned by the law enforcement after the accident.i was so proud of how good my brother was with baby brooke he fed brooke he played with brooke he changed her clothes he didnt even like my children to pick her up scared they would drop her does that sound like a murderer to you. brandon did these things when mommy dearest was present she didnt start at her job until right before the accident. i should know i was there every day was you ? She was called at work about brooke falling so why isnt she being charged too.
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Lena Rives wrote:
It was a horrific incident that took place.I think anyone would agree that the death of a child is something that no family should have to endure. However,the grand jury has indited innocent people before, so allow the facts to come out before you place judgement. Remember there are so many people right now that need the spiritual support whether guilty or not. As a human being allow this family their day in court and stop trying to drag there names thru the mud. If the truth is that he's guilty then say what you want but until then Iam praying that this has all been a horrible ACCIDENT. Lena Rives
God bless you,You are so right about this being a horrific incident.Being Brandons mom,I've morned for the loss of baby Brook,and for the mothers loss.I never stopped to think that something like this would follow.I'm so dissappointed in the way people have responded,it litterally makes me ill to read these responses, and until my daughter read yours to me, I've refused to listen to it all.God bless you,and God be with us thru this,and hopefully when the truth reaches all these people,they never find themselves in a situation where they are judged as hastily and harshly as they have judged Roy.
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Man Arrested for Murder of 15 Month Old Baby
LIBERTY, February 29, 2008 - On the afternoon of February 28 th , Brandon Roy Vestal, age 22 of Baytown, was arrested for Capital Murder.
Liberty County Sergeant Investigator Kenny Dagle arrested Vestal at the Liberty County Sheriff's Department without incident.
Brandon Vestal's arrest comes after a year and a half long investigation into the death of 15 month old Brooke Erin Blackerby. It is alleged that Brooke Blackerby received her injuries in September 2006, at a time when Vestal was babysitting the child in Hull, TX. When the patient was originally taken to Liberty-Dayton Hospital, she was suffering from irreversible shock. She was stabilized, then flown by LifeFlight air ambulance to Hermann Hospital in Houston. Brooke Blackerby died three days later due to internal injuries.
Sheriff's Captain Chip Fairchild said the Liberty County Grand Jury heard testimony on Wednesday, February 27 th . The Grand Jury subsequently handed down an indictment on Brandon Vestal. Sergeant Dagle contacted Vestal's attorney on Thursday the 28 th . On Thursday afternoon, Vestal arrived at the Sheriff's Department with family members, to turn himself in. Captain Fairchild said the Sheriff's Department will continue working with the District Attorney's office in preparation for trial.
Sheriff Greg Arthur stated there was no bond set for Brandon Vestal. He also noted that Vestal did not have a prior criminal history.
BROOKE IS THE INNOCENT ONE, WHO DESERVED NONE OF WHAT HAPPENED TO HER. SO EVERYONE NEEDS TO QUIT THE TRASH TALKING THE EVIDENCE SAYS IT ALL!
did no prior criminal history ring a bell stupid! "watcher near by"this means you should know better since your so close to home.

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ronnie texas wrote:
my name is ronnie from roy's home area. roy is the name of the ALLEGED offender for n e one who may have been wondering. oddly, the word being tossed around is APPARENT. perhaps a little misleading considering the lack of evidence. what's the trend with believing someone to be a murderer that you don't even know. the entire liberty co. crew is trying to railroad my friend for what reason i don't know. i think there's something wrong with bullying innocent people. my advice is to know someone before you believe or much worse allegate something that is so obviously ridiculous. shame shame
Maam how could Liberty county be railroading YOUR FRIEND when it has taken over a year to even get this into court. I think that Liberty County wanted to make sure they have all the facts to make sure they can get a conviction. Isnt that how it is suppose to work so I cant understand how you thing YOUR FRIEND is being railroaded.
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Mar 11, 2008
 
For one...hes in there with NO EVIDENCE proving he did anything, all this other hear say washing around is BULL! Just because some of you ppl out there want to get on here and run your mouth about things you you see or read doesnt mean thats the gospel. It seems to me that i could tell some of you that the sky is falling and it would be on the 5 o'clock news, and ppl would be on here blogging about it, by the end of the day there would be 20 different stories for the reason. How about we try something new for a change that would benefit EVERYONE...GO READ YOUR BIBLES people..quit gossiping! When did you all become the the judge? You all are judging him by WHAT YOU HEAR..believe nothing you hear and only half of what you see, you would understand if it was ur son, brother, uncle, cousin..etc..God Bless you all!
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if you people who think that this man is innocent, read the papers! He turned himself in. Why would you turn yourself in if you didn't do anything wrong
Truthfully, the guilty run, innocnet people have no reason to run, he turned himself in with nothing to hide. They gave him enough respect to turn himself him, so he showed the same resepect, in the manner hes trying to prove his innocence.
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I FIND IT TO BE KINDA FUNNY.. THAT THE SO CALLED SISTER OF THIS CONVICT ( BRANDON )IS ON THE INTERNET TRYING TO TELL HER LITTLE MADE UP STORIES OR WHATEVER BUT SHE CANT EVEN SPELL...GET A CLUE SISTER IF YOUR WANTING TO TRY TO MAKE OTHER PPL LOOK BAD BY TELLING LIES AT LEAST KNOW HOW TO SPELL!!

ITS NOT HARD TO SEE THAT THIS MAN IS GUILTY READ PAPERS,WATCH THE NEWS! HECK HE CONFESS AND THATS EXACTLY WHY HE TURNED HIMSELF IN.. BECAUSE WHY RUN ? HE KNEW HE WAS GUILTY AND THEY WERE GOING TO CATCH HIM! SO HE FIGURED WHY NOT WALK RIGHT INTO THE JAIL HOUSE

FOR THE GIRLFRIEND-IF YOU WERE TRYING TO MAKE YOUR BOYFRIEND ( BRANDON ) LOOK ALL INNOCENT THEN SISTER YOU MESSED IT UP.. YOU JUST SAID IT WAS AN ACCIDENT.. EITHER WAY ACCIDENT OR NOT.. HE FAILED TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP OR CONTACT THE MOTHER OF THE CHILD.. TRY TELLING BETTER LIES! YOU CAN SEE THE BOY COULDNT KEEP HIS STORIES STRAIGHT ..

AND FOR THE LIVINGSTONGIRL - YEA YOUR RIGHT THOSE INMATES DONT LIKE BABY KILLERS OR BABY RAPPERS SO HE WILL GET A GOOD BOOTY ROCKING WHEN HE GOES TO THE SLAMMER AND BUDDIE I CAN HEAR IT NOW... " GIVE ME MORE"

PERSONALLY..I THINK YOU ALL NEED TO GROW UP AND FACE IT.. STOP TRYING TO TELL LIES AND COVER IT UP.. THE MAN IS THERE FOR A REASON! HE KILLED A CHILD THAT DONE NOTHING TO HIM... THAT LITTLE GIRL DIDNT ASK FOR THIS.. BRANDON VESTAL CHOOSE TO DO THIS AND HE WILL SUFFER WHEN HIS TIME COMES .. JUST WAIT THOSE INMATES WILL SEE IT ALL OVER THE NEWS AND THEN HE WILL ENJOY HIS TIME IN THE SLAMMER GETTING BOOTY ROCKING DAILY!!! HOPE HIS ASSHOLE DOSENT GET TO RAW!... BEST WISHES!! HA HA ..

BTW I SEEN HIS MUG SHOTS ON THE NEWS THAT BASTARD IS RATHER UGLY

FOR BRANDONSMOM - GET OVER IT... PLEASE PPL ARENT STUPID GUILT TRIPS DONT WORK ANYMORE.. SO KEEP ACTING ALL GODLY BECAUSE YOUR SON SHOULD OF BEEN IN CHURCH A LONG TIME AGO!! YOUR SO FAKE

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