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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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