Child Abuse Suspect Charged with Murder After Baby Dies


An 8 week old Fort Walton Beach infant has died from her injuries in an aggravated child abuse case which is now a homicide.

Infant Braelyn Thomason died late Monday night at Sacred Heart in Pensacola due to her injuries.

23 year old William Thomason had been arrested on aggravated child abuse charges.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says it will upgrade those charges to homicide.

Deputies had been called to a hospital last Friday night when the baby was taken to the emergency room with suspicious injuries.

Little Braelyn had bruising, a broken collarbone and severe head injuries. She was flown to Sacred Heart in Pensacola where doctors said her chances of survival were slight.

The injuries occurred while the baby had been left in Thomason's care.

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