DUBUQUE, Iowa - A Dubuque family is demanding justice for the brutal death of a two year old boy.
Police say Bentley Randall died of blunt force head trauma. Investigators say while taking a bath in November 2012 he suffered submersion burns and head trauma.
Nicholas Reed was watching the child when he was hurt. Reed was originally charged with first-degree murder. But prosecutors later dropped the charge due to lack of evidence.
Reed is now out of jail but still faces child neglect and drug charges. Next week, Reed is expected to appear in court on those lesser charges.
Bentley’s family thinks that hearing will include a plea deal that could mean just 10 years in prison.
But Dubuque County Prosecutor Chris Corken says there is no plea deal at this point.
A year and a half has past, but the pain Bentley Randall’s family feels doesn’t change.
We spend our holidays at the cemetery. It’s awful. He’s a baby, said Jamie Ingles, Bentley’s Great Aunt.
Bentley’s family is still furious that prosecutors dropped the murder charge against Reed.
I am sorry, neglect? It wasn’t neglect and we are not going to stop fighting. We’re not, said Ingles.
Now they say they’re fighting to make sure the sentences for Reed’s charges run consecutively, not concurrently.
Ingles said, We want the harshest time that he can get. The most time. We just don’t think 10 years is good enough.
Some people walking past the protest either ignored the family’s efforts, or showed signs of encouragement.
Brett Blackburn said, I believe 110 percent in what they are doing. I don’t think that guy should have been let out on bond.
Ingles said, It takes everything we have not to just get up and go after Reed. We are having faith that the justice system will come through for us.
TV-9 did reach out to members of Reed’s family for a comment from him. The family did not respond.
Reed’s next hearing is set for next Thursday, June 12th.
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