Document: 4-month-old Haysville girl died of blunt force injuries

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A newly release court document says a 4-month-old Haysville girl who died last month had suffered blunt force injuries to her head and face. 

Brexley Grace Franklin died on September 13 after five days in the hospital. The girl's father, 32-year-old Andrew Franklin, is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse. A judge set his bond at $250,000. 

Haysville police were called Saturday, September 8 to assist EMS on a report of a child having a seizure at an apartment in the 400 block of Sarah Lane. The girl was taken to a local hospital where it was discovered the she had internal injuries. 

A probable cause affidavit released Thursday says Brexley suffered a skull fracture, retinal hemorrhages and bruising to her jawline. 

Dr. Kerri Weeks, the Director of the Division of Child Abuse and Neglect for Wesley Children's Hospital, said, "The specific pattern of intracranial hemorrhage, retinal hemorrhage, and brain swelling, are characteristic of violent infant shaking and/or a forceful rotational slam of the infant's head onto a surface. Sadly, these injuries are not survivable."

Franklin was caring for the child when he said she had a seizure. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Franklin has served time in prison and on Community Corrections for theft and burglary.

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