Step-brother in court, charged with toddler’s death

Mug shot of Brian Scales

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The man accused of killing his 3-year-old step-sister was in court Thursday.

Brian Scales, Jr. is charged with murdering Tristan Carlton at her mother’s Broad Oak Drive home in Trotwood.

The judge issued a $1-million bond that kept Scales in jail.  He was arraigned by video.  A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

Investigators believe the toddler was suffocated. Her mother found her on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

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