Jefferson County Jail Photo
Jefferson County Jail Photo
A day after posting on social media that an arrest warrant had been issued for a Madison man for aggravated battery in connection with a child abuse case and police were seeking information on his location, Madison Police had James J. Brandt Jr. in custody.

Brandt, 25, Madison, was arrested on a warrant for aggravated battery, a Level 3 felony, and false informing, a Class A misdemeanor, in connection with an abuse case that left a 5-month-old infant with what has been described as a near fatal brain hemorrage on April 24.

The case began when Madison Police responded to the King’s Daughters’ Hospital Emergency Room at 7:21 p.m. on April 2, to investigate an alleged case of child abuse. The infant was treated at KDH and then transported to Louisville for additional care.

The investigation, led by Detectives Ricky Harris and Kyle Cutshaw, who were assisted by Senior Patrolman Aaron Watson and the Indiana Department of Child Services, resulted in the warrant for Brandt’s arrest as well as felony neglect and false informing charges against the boy’s mother, Destany Jae Burge, 19, Madison, back in April.

Brandt was an acquaintance of Burge at the time of the incident, and his charges stem from the injuries sustained by the infant. Burge was arrested for neglect of a dependent, also a Level 3 felony, and false informing, a Class A misdemeanor.

Brandt was taken into custody without incident at 6:10 p.m. on Tuesday and is currently incarcerated at the Jefferson County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.