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UPDATE: Mother of slain 3-year-old arrested on agg. child endangerment charge

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NEW INFORMATION:  The mother charged in connection with the beating death of her 3-year-old has lost temporary custody of another child she had just 5-months after her son's death.

23-year-old Brianna Kwekel is charged with one count of aggravated child endangerment.

Her 3-year old son, Dakota Arndt died in August 2014 while in the care of her then-boyfriend,  Justin Bradley.

At the time, Kwekel was in jail at for a DUI

Now court documents from Grand Rapids, Michigan, reveal Kwekel had another son just 5-months after Dakota's death.

Documents show Justin Bradley was the father. You'll remember he committed suicide in jail after he was charged with criminal homicide in the death of little Dakota.

Kwekel has been taking care of the baby with a man with whom she had a girl in 2009.
Kwekel is expected in court in Michigan in May.



The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was beaten to death now faces charges in connection to her son's death.

Brianna Kwekel , 23, was booked Tuesday on one count of aggravated child endangerment after a Hamilton County grand jury indictment. She posted a $50,000 bond.

Her son, Dakota Arndt, died while he was left in the care of her boyfriend, Justin Bradley in August 2014. At the time, Kwekel was incarcerated at Silverdale detention facility on a driving under the influence charge.

READ MORE | Man accused of fatally beating boy commits suicide in jail

Previously, she had taken out an order of protection against Bradley. However, she allowed him to stay at the residence.

Bradley told deputies he woke Dakota up from a nap and "picked him up and threw him forcefully into the tub which was empty." The arrest report continues, "Bradley stated the child made no noise and just laid there. Bradley then went outside to tend to several dogs... When he returned approximately five minutes later Dakota was lying in the tub motionless."

Doctors said Dakota had bruising on his forehead, chest, back, buttocks and groin area. Further medical tests revealed he also had a dislocated shoulder, bi-lateral retinal hemorrhaging and severe brain swelling.

Bradley was arrested and charged with criminal homicide. He later committed suicide while he was incarcerated at the jail.

Court records show the next court date for Kwekel has not been set.
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