Bald Knob man arrested for beating child

BALD KNOB, Ark. – A Bald Knob fugitive turned himself in for horrendous child abuse that a child is still clinging to life from.

On June 29, 2019, the White County Sheriff’s Department received information from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division regarding a two year old that had been admitted into the White County Unity Health Emergency Room by his mother, Emily Bond, with life-threatening injuries to his head.

The child was subsequently flown to Arkansas Children’s Hospital where the baby remains in critical condition.

Throughout the investigation, it was determined that the incident happened within the city limits of Bald Knob by the mother’s boyfriend, Brandon Michael Kent, 22 of Bald Knob. Bald Knob Police Department asked the White County Sheriff’s Office to work the case and we were able to develop Kent as the primary suspect after interviews were conducted with the victim’s brother at the Child Safety Center.

The White County Sheriff’s Office began searching for Kent and his vehicle was eventually found in Lonoke County. The White County Sheriff’s Office asked Lonoke County for assistance where a perimeter was set up so that the Arkansas Department of Corrections could aid in search by using their tracking dogs. After a prolonged attempt to find Kent, the search was called off.

On Monday, July 1, 2019, Brandon Kent turned himself in to the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department. Kent was transported back to the White County Sheriff’s Office and interviewed by Detectives.

Kent was arrested for Domestic Battery 1st Degree, a Class B Felony. Kent was booked into the White County Detention Center and has a court date of September 3, 2019 at 9:00 am in White County Circuit Court. Kent will appear before the Circuit Court on July 3, 2019 at which time a bond will be set.

The White County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office and the Arkansas Department of Corrections for their assistance in this case. – Sheriff’s Office Release

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