A mother and two fathers have been charged with neglect after a 6-month-old boy was taken to IU Ball Memorial Hospital with serious head injuries.
Doctors told police that the child had obvious swelling to his head and was preliminarily diagnosed with blood or fluid on the brain in more than one location. The infant was flown to Riley Hospital for Children for emergency surgery and more testing. The infant’s current condition is not known at this time.
Police say the child’s mother lives with two men who share responsibilities for the infant and their two other children in the home, the oldest being approximately 4 years old.
Investigators visited the home and found what they called “deplorable conditions.” The police report describes “foul substances” on the floor believed to be human waste and unsanitary and filthy conditions throughout the home.
The two young children in the home were also filthy and diagnosed with lice and scabies, according to police.
During interviews with police, all three parents initially claimed the child had fallen out of a swing and onto tile flooring. But in a separate interview, the mother told police that she had been alone with the infant several weeks ago and had “blacked out” after becoming upset that she was not getting any help. She told police she believed she may have caused the baby’s injuries, but she did not take him to the hospital immediately because she wanted to see if he had any symptoms.
Department of Child Services contacted police for a 6-month-old boy at IU Ball Memorial Hospital with possible head trauma.
The mother, Mikayla England, is facing aggravated battery and neglect charges.
Jademan England, the father of the other two children, and Michael Habegger, the father of the baby, were also charged with neglect.
DCS now has custody of all 3 children.
Three people are charged in connection with a neglect investigation in Muncie.