A Lexington man accused of smothering his 2-year-old son made a brief court appearance Monday.
Brandon Fraley, 24, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in front of Fayette District Court Judge Joseph Bouvier.
Fraley, who appeared for around 10 seconds wearing a green jail jumpsuit, did not speak, and no witnesses were called. Bouvier sent the case to a grand jury.
Fraley is charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of his son, Derek Jaxon Cooper. According to a police report filed in Fayette District Court, Fraley held his hand over the toddler's mouth to stop him from crying.
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Derek Cooper died of asphyxia in August, the document said.
Brandon Fraley is being held at the Fayette County jail. He is also charged with possession of a controlled substance and violating the terms of his probation.