THORNTOWN, Ind. (Jan. 28, 2016)-- The parents of a child who died Saturday now face several charges in the case.
Mitchell Shue and Miranda Roberts are behind bars, charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death. The Boone County Prosecutor's Office says the parents allegedly shook their 2-month-old boy to death.
"I really cannot comprehend how someone could do this to a baby," says Boone County prosecuting attorney Todd Meyer.
Roberts called 911 to the family's Thorntown home last week when she says he son stopped breathing. Crews revived the infant and rushed him to the hospital, where the baby had another heart attack. The injuries to his brain and body were so severe, he was declared brain dead and removed from life support.
The couple won't say who is responsible for beating and or shaking the baby. Although, police believe the critical injuries happened when the 2 month old began to cry.
"Either the baby was being fussy, needing a diaper change, needing to be fed, just wanting attention. No matter what the situation, baby's cry," says Meyer.
While the baby was dying in the hospital, authorities say Shue and Roberts were at home sleeping.
Shue faces additional charges of maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police believe he was impaired at the time the baby stopped breathing.
The alleged shaking incident occurred on January 20, according to the prosecutor's office. The child suffered brain injuries and eventually had a heart attack.
The couple has two other children who are now staying with a family member.