FARYN RICE reacts as her husband, Brandon, enters Ashtabula Municipal Court Monday for his arraignment on murder charges following the death of Rice's 4-month-old son, Braydon.

The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

ASHTABULA — A 22-year-old father faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted of murdering his 4-month-old son last week.

Brandon Rice of 1936 Lambros Lane appeared unemotional in his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Municipal Court, charged with having murdered his infant son, Braydon.

Judge David Sheldon set Rice’s bond at $100,000 and asked him to fill out paperwork for a public defender. Members of Rice’s family said they would try to hire their own attorney, but Sheldon told Rice to fill out the forms anyway.

Rice’s wife, Faryn, also 22, sobbed and wept aloud as a family member held her during the proceeding, which was videotaped by four area TV stations.

City Solicitor Tom Simon said, “The Ashtabula City Police Department investigation into the child’s death and the state’s opinion is the defendant purposely introduced a trauma to the head of a 4-month old infant, which caused severe cranial hemorrhaging. As a result of the cranial hemorrhaging, the 4-month-old infant died Oct. 25 at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.”

After the bond setting, as a police detective led Brandon Rice back to jail, a male relative from his family hollered out loud, “Be strong.”

The family refused to comment.

Brandon and Faryn Rice have two other children, ages 4 and 2, and Ashtabula County Children Services is investigating the situation, police said.

Acting detective Capt. Joseph Cellitti said Children Services first alerted the police to the baby’s injuries last week and a detective immediately went to Cleveland to talk to doctors and family members.

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