Mother charged with neglect, obstruction of justice in Muncie infant’s death
MUNCIE, Ind. (Sept. 9, 2015)– A Muncie mother was arrested Wednesday in connection with the death of her infant.
Sheryl Ashley Wallace now faces charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death and obstruction of justice. The 5-month-old child died in February.
The child’s father, Cory Wallace, 22, was arrested in August on charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, obstruction of justice, aggravated battery, battery of a child younger than 14, arson and attempted abuse of a corpse.
On February 10, the Muncie Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 2400 block of Meeker Avenue. The child died at the scene, but not from the fire. The manner of death was ruled as blunt force trauma to the head.
According to court documents, the father admitted to “accidentally” dropping his baby on February 10 on the hard wood floor. He told police he “freaked out” and didn’t know what to do, so he started a fire in the baby’s room.
He told police he lit some paper on fire, and he placed the flaming paper on a blanket that was in-between a space heater and a rocking chair.
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