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Arvada Infant Dies, Father Arrested


A 19-year-old Arvada man is facing felony charges of child abuse resulting in death and is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on $100,000 bond. 

Brandon Vaughn Yancey (DOB: 01-15-90) was arrested on Saturday, August 22, 2009 for his alleged involvement in the death of his 2-month-old son earlier this month.  

Police were called to the 8100 block of Estes Court on a child not breathing call on August 10. The infant was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Zachariah Yancey (DOB: 05-18-09) died the next day. 

Based on the investigation by police detectives and an autopsy conducted by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, it’s believed the baby’s death was caused from abusive head trauma. 

Yancey is being held on Child Abuse Resulting in Death, CRS 18-6-401(7) (a) (I), a Class 2 Felony and Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, CRS 18-6-401 (7) (a) (III), a Class 3 Felony. 

Because felony charges have been filed, specifics about the incident cannot be released as the case was presented to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.