Father faces neglect, criminal recklessness charges after Rush County infant’s death

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CARTHAGE, Ind. (May 28, 2015) – A father faces neglect and criminal recklessness charges after the death of an infant.

On March 1, investigators from the Rush County Sheriff’s Office arrived at an apartment in Carthage to find a 2-month-old baby dead. The infant had reportedly been unresponsive before investigators arrived. Police opened an investigation after observing “unusual circumstances” and “suspicious behavior” by people at the scene.

According to the investigation from the Rush County Sheriff’s Office and Rushville Police Department, no one had checked on the baby for several hours. The infant had been left in poor sleeping conditions; police also noted the smell of drugs although they couldn’t find any in the house at the time. They believe narcotics had been removed from the home before emergency responders were called about the baby.

After an autopsy on the infant, police submitted their findings to the Rush County Prosecutor’s Office. On Wednesday, police issued an arrest warrant for the infant’s father, 25-year-old Dylon Lakes of Liberty. Liberty police took him into custody and transferred him into the custody of the Rush County sheriff.

Lakes faces charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, criminal recklessness and possession of marijuana. He’s being held on $100,000 bond in the Rush County Jail.

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