No charges in baby’s death a year later

No justice for Brayden

After almost a year, an investigation of the boy’s death has not been concluded, frustrating his mother

By William Cole

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 20, 2010

Nearly a year ago, 14-month-old Brayden Elizah McVeigh, son of a Navy diver stationed at Pearl Harbor, died from brain injury caused by “abusive head trauma,” according to the city Medical Examiner’s Office and family.

The manner in which the little boy with sandy blond hair and blue eyes died was listed as homicide.

It was a tragic end to a short life with other injuries — but as yet, there have been no charges in the case, the Navy said.

At 5 weeks old the boy suffered a broken arm, and Child Protective Services placed Brayden and his 2-year-old sister, Brodi, in foster care for five months, according to the autopsy report.

April McVeigh, the boy’s mother, said babysitters told Navy investigators that they saw bruises on Brayden. He once had a black eye, she said.

The boy’s mother and father, Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McVeigh, who worked with a SEAL team, were with the boy on Sept. 18 at their Ford Island home when he was found unresponsive, reports and family members state.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service said this week that the boy’s death is being investigated as a homicide, but April McVeigh, 30, who is divorcing her 26-year-old husband, complains that charges should have been forthcoming earlier.

She said the Navy told her charges would be filed in February against her husband, but month after month, no arrest was made.


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