Man gets suspended sentence for negligent homicide in baby’s death

Posted at 4:02 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 18:02:27-04

BOZEMAN – A Bozeman man who pleaded guilty in February to negligent homicide for the death of a five-month-old baby was sentenced in Gallatin County District Court on Tuesday.

Branden Moss, 23, received a 15-year suspended sentence for the November 2015 incident at a Bozeman hotel that resulted in the baby boy’s death.

According to court documents, Moss told police he called 911 after the baby boy woke up and began to scream and then stopped breathing.

EMTs attempted CPR and the boy was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The state medical examiner’s report was completed in August of 2015 and determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

The suspended sentence handed down by Judge Holly Brown on Tuesday was recommended by County Attorney Marty Lambert and agreed to by Moss’s defense counsel.

As a condition of his sentencing, Moss cannot have contact with any child less than 2 years of age unless specifically permitted by his probation officer. He must also submit to any counseling or treatment ordered by his supervising officer, including parenting or anger management classes.

Moss also received credit for 449 days previously served.