Dubuque Police Release New Information in Toddler's Death

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - A Dubuque man is in jail after a weekend incident that killed a young boy. Police say more charges could be coming.

On Friday night, police were called to Finley Hospital. That's where they found Bentley Randall, 2 suffering from severe burns and head trauma. He died Sunday.

Nicholas Reed, 34, has been charged with child neglect or abandonment. Investigators say Reed was dating the boy's mother, Kylee Vandermuelen, 20.

According to a police report, Bentley's mother went to work and left Bentley at Reed's home. She returned to find Bentley's skin peeling off and burns covering his entire body. A CT scan revealed Bentley also suffered severe head injuries.

"The child was in normal condition. When he was removed from Reed's care that was not the case," said Dubuque Police Lieutenant Scott Baxter.

Reed told police Bentley wasn't feeling well so he gave him a bath, using a hand-held shower head. He says that's when he noticed the water temperature was "super hot".

Baxter said, "We are fairly certain that his injuries were at the hands of someone else and we feel that we have that person in custody."

Reed's 11-year-old daughter was also home at the time. She told police Reed and Bentley were locked inside the bathroom for 30 minutes. She told police she could hear the sound of Bentley's head hitting the bathtub.

Reed also faces drug charges because police say they found meth-making materials and marijuana in his home. Police are not sure if he was under the influence at the time of the incident. Reed is set to appear in court Tuesday morning.
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