On Wednesday, March 11, 2015, PCSO Special Victims detectives arrested 27-year-old Shellie Lee Campbell and her live-in boyfriend, 29-year-old Brandon Lauderbaugh, of 2642 Timbercreek Loop West in Lakeland, and charged both with one count each Child Neglect with Great Bodily Harm (F-2). Lauderbaugh, who has been in the Polk County Jail on six prior occasions, was additionally charged with Violation of Probation - original charge, Aggravated Battery with Deadly Weapon.
According to their affidavits, a 17-month-old child who was in the care of Campbell and Lauderbaugh had a facial fracture, contusions to both eyes, and was vomiting as a result of the severe injuries, and neither Campbell nor Lauderbaugh sought medical treatment for the toddler for several days. The injuries occurred on or around February 24-25, 2015. The toddler was not taken to a hospital until February 28, 2015. During the several days where the toddler did not receive treatment, Campbell and Lauderbaugh, who were aware of the injuries, ran errands and went to the flea market instead of seeking medical treatment.
After being seen at LRMC, the toddler was transported to Tampa General Hospital. A medical exam revealed that the victim suffered a fracture of the left tibia (lower leg) that is four weeks old; a lesion on the proximal tibia (upper leg) that is two to four weeks old; an acute large right temporal fracture; swelling of the forehead; contusions under both eyes; contusions on her jaw and under her chin; and internal bleeding in her skull where the fracture lies. The injuries are consistent with child abuse, according to physicians. The injuries were caused by force, twisting or shaking, and blunt impact, according to physicians.
According to the suspects, the victim suffers from Osteogensis Imperfecta, a genetic disorder which causes bones to break easily. However, the victim has no documented medical history for this disorder. The suspects could not explain the victims’ recent injuries, except to say she fell off of a bed and off of a tricycle sometime during the week. However, this is not consistent with thorough medical examinations by pediatric physicians at Tampa General Hospital.
During the investigation, the Dept. of Children and Families placed the toddler, along with her siblings, into foster care. Per Florida State Statute 119, the identities of the victim and siblings are confidential and exempt.
Warrants were obtained for Campbell and Lauderbaugh, and they were booked into the Polk County Jail on March 11, 2015, on the aforementioned charges.
Lauderbaugh's prior Polk County arrests:
2006-023916 LAUDERBAUGH, BRANDON P WM 06/05/1985 09/30/2006 10/01/2006
2006-005629 LAUDERBAUGH, BRANDON P WM 06/05/1985 03/05/2006 03/07/2006
2007-004815 LAUDERBAUGH, BRANDON P WM 06/05/1985 02/24/2007 02/24/2007
2007-024607 LAUDERBAUGH, BRANDON P WM 06/05/1985 10/04/2007 10/07/2007
2008-010575 LAUDERBAUGH, BRANDON P WM 06/05/1985 05/01/2008 06/18/2008
2009-002199 LAUDERBAUGH, BRANDON P WM 06/05/1985 01/27/2009 03/25/2009
"The abuse and suffering this baby was subjected to while in the care of these two individuals is inexcusable. They should never be allowed to care for children again. This baby will be in our prayers for a full recovery." - Sheriff Grady Judd