The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation has made another arrest in the death of a 2 year old Thurmont boy. "On Friday, September 13, the FCBI arrested Melissa Dawn Brittle, 36, of Thurmont," said Sgt. Jennifer Bailey, spokesperson Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Brittle was arrested on a warrant for Accessory After Child Abuse, in the 1st degree and Child Abuse in the 2nd degree. "She was the guardian and caretaker of 2 year old Robert D. Watkins, who has died as a result of injuries he sustained from child abuse," continued Sgt. Bailey.
On September 5, 2013, Watkins was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital and told by Mrs.. Brittle to emergency staff that he had fallen down a flight of stairs. Later that same evening the little boy was transferred to Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. in critical condition. The preliminary investigation led to the arrest of 39 year old Raymond Brittle, who is currently incarcerated at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center. "So far the investigation has determined that Melissa Brittle had direct knowledge of the child abuse caused by Raymond Brittle and she failed to act and protect the child," said Sgt. Bailey. "The investigation also revealed that she had an active role in misleading investigators during the early stages of the investigation," she said.
The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, in Washington, D.C., ruled the cause of death of Robert Dean Watkins as blunt force trauma and the manner of death as homicide.