Greenfield father charged after 3-month-old baby dies

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Charles Jenkins

GREENFIELD, Ind. (Nov. 12, 2015) – A Greenfield father has been arrested in connection with the death of a 3-month-old boy.

Charles Jenkins, 21, was arrested on a charge of neglect of a dependent causing death. On Nov. 5, police were called to a home in the 600 block of East Grant Street, where they found a baby unconscious. The boy was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. He died on Nov. 7.

According to court documents, Jenkins told investigators he was walking between the couch and the coffee table when the family dog ran under the table and tripped him, causing him to drop the baby on the couch cushion and a baby pillow.

However, an autopsy found the boy’s injuries—which included severe brain trauma—weren’t consistent with an accidental fall. The coroner ruled the boy’s death a homicide, with the cause of death listed as blunt force trauma to the head.

While interviewing the boy’s mother, investigators discovered she and Jenkins had both smoked pot around 4 a.m. and slept until 9:30 a.m. on the day of the boy’s injuries. The mother said the baby appeared healthy when she left for work around 11 a.m.

She told investigators Jenkins “has a temper, but he doesn’t let it get to an extreme.” She told police the baby had a bruise on his forehead from where Jenkins had dropped a baby bottle on the child’s forehead and “was afraid she would leave him for beating the child.” She maintained the bottle injury was an accident.

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