The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

April 23, 2013

Suspect arrested in death of Oskaloosa infant

OSKALOOSA — Officers with the Oskaloosa Police Department and the Division of Criminal Investigation arrested and charged Bryan Draper Vilcone with first-degree murder, a Class A felony, Tuesday for the death of an infant.

On April 18, at approximately 6:52 p.m., officers with the Oskaloosa Police Department responded to the Mahaska Health Partnership Emergency Room to investigate a report of possible child abuse. When officers arrived, they discovered that 7-week-old Raelynn M. Hart was receiving treatment for injuries. The child’s mother informed officers that Hart received the injuries while in the care of a family friend, 24-year-old Bryan Draper Vilcone, of 707 Second Ave. E. in Oskaloosa.

Hart was later transported by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment of her injuries. At that time, the Oskaloosa Police Department requested the assistance of DCI to further investigate the alleged abuse.

On Sunday, April 21, Hart died at Mercy Medical Center as a result of injuries she received on April 18. The Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy Monday, April 22. The autopsy revealed Hart likely died of abusive head trauma; however, final autopsy results are still pending.

The investigation into the death of Hart and alleged abuse by Vilcone continues. Questions should be directed to Special Agent in Charge Mike Motsinger at (515) 729-3706.

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