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Baby Death Investigation

A local mother accused of killing her baby last year is out of jail. Brandi Cochran is still charged with murder, but a preliminary autopsy report is raising questions about how her 6-month-old girl actually died.

Investigators say Cochran shook her baby to death but a pathologist with the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office listed something different in his autopsy report.

Just days before Cochran's arrest, the Madison County Sheriff's Office says she called 911 from her home in Hot Springs and reported that her baby girl, Kali, was having trouble breathing. The infant died after being airlifted to two different hospitals in Tennessee. Doctors reportedly told detectives they suspected the baby was abused and died from traumatic brain injuries.

A preliminary autopsy suggests Cochran didn't hurt Kali. A pathologist says it's likely meningitis caused the 6- month-old's death and that is no evidence of kali being hit on the head and no injuries to support shaken baby syndrome.

The doctor did also note that Kali had some minor injuries on her body, but he says they didn't contribute to her death. The doctor found a red abrasion on her eye lid, a blue contusion by her right ear and small bite marks on her left forearm and both upper thighs.

A motion was filed by Cochran's defense attorney, Todd Williams, on December 17th and a judge granted her bond.

Cochran is scheduled to be back in court in March.


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