Emotional Day in Court for Family of Brandon Kemp

By: Brian Johnson Email
By: Brian Johnson Email

It was the nurses testimony that made Mercedes Kemp break down and cry in court at the preliminary hearing in her sons death.

"When I heard a female entering into the triage area saying 'My baby is not breathing," Said Barbara Tatroe, the triage nurse who received Brandon Kemp when he arrived at the hospital april 30. "[Mercedes] said, my boyfriend did this."

The nurse testified that the day Mercedes took her child to the hospital she had been gone the night before. Marcus Hill was supposed to be watching the child. He was not at the hospital when staffers tried to resuscitate the little boy.

"And she was there for part of the recitation and while she was with the police i was there as well," said Tatroe.

Its a horrible story of violence and neglect that emerged from the testimony. Brandon's biological father was at the witness stand for almost an hour.

Brandon Crockette, the biological father, had only seen his kids twice this year. While he was not involved in the little boy's final moments. He too has had some domestic violence in his past.

The boy's sister, Tyanna today is safe with a foster home and her grandfather hopes he soon will have custody.

"That's my main goal, is to make sure that Tyanna, is taken care of and that she gets the proper education that she needs and that she gets the proper caring that she needs," said Michael Kemp, Brandon and Tyanna's grandfather.


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