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New charges for a man accused of killing his girlfriend's son

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:14:42 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 10 2013 08:51:59 PM CDT
RED BLUFF, Calif. -

New charges have been added for the Red Bluff man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son on Mother's Day.

Tehama County District Attorney Gregg Cohen filed a felony charge of causing the death of a child.

Brandon Branscombe was supposed to have his trial date set Monday for his open count of murder in the death of 7-month-old Dylan Miller but the district attorney's office decided to add two new charges against him.

The new charge now is a felony count of causing the death of a child.  The district attorney decided to dismiss the open murder charge and refiled on Monday with this charge.

Branscombe was arrested in May after according to investigators, he beat Dylan several times with two different objects and left him unconscious in his crib while his mother, Lacie Miller, was at work. Miller and Branscombe were dating at the time.

Both the prosecution and the defense spent more than an hour and a half discussing with the judge about the latest charges. The hours of waiting are delays that Lacie Miller says she hates going through.

"I want to pick up the pieces and move on with what I have with my life. Having to come back here every two weeks isn't helping,” said Miller.

Lacie said there will be a candle light vigil for Dylan on Sept. 15, which would have been his first birthday. It will be held the Vista Soccer Field in Red Bluff at 7 p.m.

Branscombe now faces up to 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted. His bail is still set at $1 million. He will be back in court on Sept. 24 for further arraignment on these new charges.