Muncie man under arrest after police find toddler with broken leg and bruises

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Daniel Jones

MUNCIE, Ind. (July 19, 2015) – A 20-year-old Muncie man is arrested after police say his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter was physically abused.

Neighbors say unspeakable things happened inside of the Muncie apartment on Main Street, where a 2-year-old girl now has a broken leg and several other injuries after allegedly being physically abused regularly.

“I have heard the screaming and the yelling and things breaking,” says neighbor Ashley Cole.

The investigation began after the toddler’s mom brought her to the hospital on Wednesday. Along with the broken leg doctors discovered bruises covering her body and a large cut on the child’s head. They say she was extremely underweight. According to the probable cause affidavit, the mother told police she walked out of the room and came back to find her child in that condition. She says, her boyfriend, 20-year-old Daniel Jones, was the only other person in the home. Police arrested Jones in connection with the child abuse case.

“Most of the time I just heard Daniel yelling, you could tell specifically at the kids because you could hear them screaming and crying all of the time,” says neighbor Whitney Keller.

According to the police report the inside of the home was filthy. The responding officer says there was urine and feces all over the home, and on the bedding the toddler had to sleep on.

“It definitely just seemed like she did not want her kids. They were always filthy, it just smelled of animal feces and I could smell that up through the vents,” says Keller.

The toddler’s mom told police that Jones often gets upset with the child because she has special needs and is completely nonverbal.

“She told me her kids were autistic,” says Keller.

The 2-year-old was taken from the home and is under the care of child services. At last check she was being treated for her injuries at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

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