NH father charged in drug death of infant son gets bail reduction
CONCORD — A man facing multiple charges in the 2016 death of his 2-month-old son had his bail lowered Thursday.
Bradford Ross, 25, of Concord, appeared in Merrimack County Superior Court for a bail hearing after being charged with negligent homicide, manslaughter and prohibited contact in May.
Ross was being held on $100,000 cash only bail, but after the hearing, his bail was lowered to $50,000 cash or corporate surety with restrictions. If he is able to post bail, he would be required to comply with Merrimack County pre-trial services.
Ross's attorney sought to have his bail changed to personal recognizance and to require him to take part in a strict rehabilitation program that includes multiple drug tests weekly. She read statements written in December 2016 from treatment centers Ross attended while he was out on bail that showed he was making positive progress with his addiction recovery.
Judge John Kissinger commended Ross for taking steps to improve his life but said that the severity of his charges didn't warrant personal recognizance bail.
Ross and the infant's mother, Kayla Austin, 21, each face felony charges of manslaughter, negligent homicide and prohibited conduct in connection with the death of their infant son, Cayden Ross. The boy died in Penacook in August 2016 after allegedly ingesting methamphetamine in the travel camper where the family lived. The state medical examiner later confirmed the cause of death to be methamphetamine intoxication.
Police arrested Austin and Ross in August 2016 and charged them with felony drug possession and distribution charges. After investigating the child's death for about nine months, police eventually brought homicide charges against the couple.