Bradley Michael Thomas held by Detective Doug Jackson had his previously unreported injuries listed during his father’s release hearing
A baby abandoned in Oregon woods by his father last spring had serious injuries and meth in his system it has been revealed.
Blouin’s request to be released from jail was denied by Judge A. Michael Adler, who even increased the bond of $200,000 the prosecutors requested to the sum of $500,000, the Bend Bulletin reports.
Thirteen-month-old Bradley Michael Thomas’ ordeal was fully detailed for the first time in public.
‘When he was discovered naked in the brush, he had a broken leg, skull fractures and meth was found in his system,’ prosecutor Van McIver told the court.
Brandon Michael Blouin, 26, is awaiting trial for the May incident that got him charged with child abandonment and reckless endangerment, and was attending a hearing to see if he could be released from custody after his rearrest in July.
Another previously unreported detail the prosecutors introduced into the hearing was that on the night Blouin allegedly ran off with Bradley and having a nearby resident call 911, Katelin Dawn Jordan, 19, the baby’s mother had also wandered off to another nearby home.
A local resident reported Jordan on their property ‘mumbling incoherently’ covered in bruises and scratches. The young woman told a sheriff’s deputy that arrived on the scene that Blouin had beaten her and left with their baby.
Brandon Blouin (left), 26, is charged with child abandonment and reckless endangerment of 13-month-old Brandon Thomas (right) after leaving him in the woods for nearly six hours
‘She appeared to be under the influence of meth,’ the prosecutor said. Jordan was not charged in the incident.
With these newly introduced details at the hearing, the judge took Brandon to task for overstepping terms of his release last summer that got him rearrested.
Blouin left Oregon without permission and went to stay in Ohio with his grandparents, who put up $2,500 for his release in July, and his 4-year-old daughter.
Blouin told investigators that he had been staying in an SUV with his son and the boy’s mother, Katelin parked on forest land
‘This is one of the most blatant violations of a release agreement I’ve seen,’ Judge Adler said of Blouin’s previous escapade. He added that Blouin’s grandparents would not be getting their money back either.
‘Brandon is a major flight risk,’ Bradley’s legal guardian, his maternal grandmother Mellisa Jordan, wrote to the court. ‘He is a danger to anyone and anything in his path.’
Brandon Blouin allegedly took Bradley from his legal guardian, Mellisa Jordan of Parkersburg, West Virginia, leading to the night that left the baby in such danger.
Bradley was found lying in the dirt about one mile from the SUV by Detective Doug Jackson
After Blouin came out of the woods and onto a strangers’s property, the witness said the man asked them to call 911.
He told investigators that he had been staying in an SUV with his son and the boy’s mother, Katelin, and added that the SUV was parked on the forest land. He claimed the mother left Bradley with him.
The Sheriff’s office said that when she did not immediately return, Blouin told them that he took the baby to go looking for his mother.
When Brandon confessed to putting the infant down and leaving him at one point, it sparked off a six-hour search for the baby.
He was found lying in the dirt in the area of Sholes Road and Tekampe Road, in southeast Bend, near a fence post, approximately one mile from where Blouin’s SUV was parked.
The Bulletin also reported that Brandon claims he abandoned the boy because a group of men and a woman armed with machetes and firearms were following him.
Deschutes County Sheriff Detective Doug Jackson who found the boy and wrapped him in a sheriff officer’s jacket to keep him warm, was also the arresting officer when Brandon Blouin had skipped town. He was in attendance at the hearing.
Blouin’s trial is scheduled for April.