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Man charged with murder in case of 4-year-old who died after allegedly falling from window

Murder charges have been field in the death of a 4-year-old Transylvania County boy. Keyshawn Smith, who was arraigned Tuesday morning, reported Keegan Gage Bland had fallen, but detectives said that never happened. Photo: Transylvania County Sheriff's Office

A man who was watching a 4-year-old when the child received fatal injuries, allegedly from a fall from a window, has been charged with murder.

Just before 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018, detectives with the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office arrested Keyshawn Trekell Smith in connection with the death of 4-year-old Keegan Gage Bland. Smith was the boyfriend of the child's mother.

Smith, 21, of Brevard, is now charged with felony child abuse and first-degree murder.

At 10:52 a.m. May 4, 2018, authorities responded to Kantor Village Mobile Home Park on Old Rosman Highway in Rosman regarding a child who had reportedly fallen out of a window.

Smith, who was arraigned Tuesday morning, reported Bland had fallen, but detectives said that never happened.

First-responders found Bland unresponsive inside a neighbor's home. Responders saw that the child's injuries did not appear to be consistent with a fall from a window. Detectives from the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office continued the investigation at the residence and at Mission Hospital, where the child was taken for care. Bland died May 5, 2018, as a result of his injuries.

"The idea of falling out of a window didn't seem to make a lot of sense, because of a lack of evidence," Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney said.

Mahoney said Bland's mother was at work and Smith was left at home to watch the boy.

Authorities said although another adult was there, along with two juveniles, Smith said the children had been in bed and no one had witnessed the fall.

"This is one of those cases where we might not necessarily have had evidence to say A, B or C occurred, but we had evidence to say A, B or C did not occur," Mahoney said.

And that is spelled out in the search warrant just obtained today that indicates Bland suffered trauma to the head, lacerations and internal injuries inconsistent with a fall.

The warrant also details blood evidence in multiple locations of the home, along with areas that had been wiped clean.

Mahoney said he's pleased there's finally an arrest in what has been a difficult, painstaking investigation and it's now time to move forward.

"Everybody that's really connected on this case, at all, certainly, you never want to see harm done to a small child," Mahoney said.

Smith is being held at Transylvania County Detention Center under no bond. His next court date is set for June 12.


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