HOWARD COUNTY, Ind. (March 2, 2016)-- Court documents released Wednesday reveal the suspect in a toddler scalping abuse case has a prior criminal history and previously abused the victim.
The suspect, Andrew Milburn, posted a $25,000 bond after being arrested Monday on battery charges. Investigators said Milburn abused his ex-girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter.
According to court records, Milburn was watching the 3-year-old girl while the child's mother went to an exercise class. Milburn took the girl to his parents home in Russiaville for the day, where Milburns father and three biological children were. After returning with the girl to his Frankfort home, the girls mother noticed swelling to the side of her head and bruising under her eyes. The girl was rushed to St. Vincent's Hospital in Frankfort, before being transferred to Riley Hospital for Children.
Court records state "doctors noticed (the victim) was missing hair to just the back of her head which was suspicious in nature." Riley medical professionals discovered the child was suffering from scalping, described by officials as "Where the hair is pulled with so much force, that is causes the scalp to separate from the skull, causing the blood vessels to bleed. The blood is trapped between the scalp and the skull at which time the blood is pushed to the soft tissue of the head."
Investigators said when questioned, Milburn changed his story multiple times. He initially said the girl fell off a chair at his parents home in Russiaville. Then, Milburn admitted to the abuse. He told investigators he struck the victim several times on the top and sides of the head as a way to get her attention.
Court records detail Milburn's confession of what happened:
"The defendant said (the victim) was standing approximately two feet from him. She attempted to walk away at which time, the defendant grabbed the first thing he could reach which was her hair. He said he was angry when he grabbed her hair and pulled her back to him. (The victim) screamed, and he told her he was sorry."
When investigators asked how many times Milburn had pulled the girl's hair, he stated he pulled her hair five to six times previously, and two to three of those times, he'd pull her hair out.
The girl was released from the hospital on Friday and is recovering at home. Officials said their investigation is just beginning and more charges could be coming.