UPDATE (Saturday, April 11, 10:20 a.m.)
It has been reported on the gofundme site for Bentley James Bahr, that he has died and that his family has donated his organs. The family donated Bentley’s organs to “provide hope for other families.”
UPDATE (Friday, April 10, 6:10 p.m.):
STURGIS, S.D. – A Rapid City man is arrested and charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault after a child suffered severe head trauma Thursday afternoon in a Black Hawk home.
Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin says deputies arrested 28-year-old Thomas Pentecost for allegedly hurting a toddler, Bentley James Bahr.
The abuse happened sometime Thursday and police were called mid-afternoon. Pentecost, boyfriend of the boy’s mother Ashley Bahr, was watching Bentley at the time.
Bentley’s condition is not known but his injuries are reportedly severe.
Merwin says Pentecost has a history with law enforcement. When they picked him up, there were two outstanding warrants for his arrest for a simple assault domestic violence case and a violation of probation.
Pentecost is in the Meade County Jail. He will make his initial appearance before a judge Tuesday.
The Meade County Sheriff’s Department is reportedly investigating a severe child abuse case.
Right now, the department has declined to release much information but what we have gleaned from a source is that the case involves a child named Bentley James Bahr.
Bahr was being watched by a family friend yesterday when he suffered a severe head trauma.
A source tells KOTA Territory News that a suspect is in the Meade County Jail but the sheriff’s department would not confirm it.
We will continue to cover this story as information becomes available.
People can help the Bahr family with Bentley’s medical expenses at the Prayers for Bentley gofundme site.
A community prayer page has also been set up on Facebook.