Osky man faces murder charge in infant's death

Bryan Vilcone, charged in infant death

UPDATE- Bryan Draper Vilcone made his initial appearance Wednesday morning in a Mahaska County courtroom.

Vilcone's bond was set at $500,000.

His request for a state appointed attorney was also granted.


An Oskaloosa man was arrested Tuesday and charged with the murder of a seven week old child.

Bryan Draper Vilcone, 24, faces a First Degree Murder charge in the death of Raelynn M. Hart.

According to the complaint and affidavit released by the Department of Public Safety, officers with the Oskaloosa Police Department responded to the Mahaska Health Partnership E.R. on the evening of April 18.

When they arrived, officers found Raelynn suffering from serious injuries. The child's mother told officers Raelynn had received the injuries while in the care of Vilcone, whom she described as a family friend.

Hart was transferred to Mercy Medical in Des Moines. She died from her injuries on Sunday.

An autopsy by the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office revealed Hart likely died from abusive head trauma.

However, final autopsy results are pending.

The investigation into the death continues.

Link to the full press release from the DPS