APPLE VALLEY (CBSLA) –A 28-year-old Apple Valley woman has been arrested on charges of murder and manslaughter for the deaths of her two young daughters about three years apart.
Kristin Brandon was charged with murder in the death of Natalie Brandon in March 2020 and manslaughter in the death of Aryana Harper in August 2017, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department reported Thursday.
Both victims were two months old when they died.
Brandon was arrested on August 4 from her home in the 20600 block of Waalew Road, according to sheriff inmate records.
On March 3 of this year, MPs responded to Brandon’s home where they found Natalie dead. They determined that Brandon suffocated his daughter to death under the influence, the sheriff’s department said.
During the ensuing investigation, detectives learned that Brandon’s daughter Aryana had also died in 2017. They found a “key witness” who confirmed that Brandon was also under the influence when Aryana died in the 18400 block of Montezuma Street in Adelanto in August 2017, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
They then concluded that the deaths of the two girls were the result of negligence.
Brandon is being held at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on $ 1.5 million bond. His next hearing is scheduled for August 17.