Police: Alexandria parents arrested for child negleact after father falls off porch with baby

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Roy York and Michelle Moore

Update (Oct. 25, 2017)– Michelle Moore pleaded guilty and received a two-year suspended sentence. She will be placed on probation for two years.

Original story:

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (April 6, 2016) – Two Alexandria parents were arrested after police say the father fell off a porch while holding their infant.

Roy York, 37, and Michelle Moore, 40, have each been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury.

According to the probable cause affidavit, York fell off the porch of their home in the 100 block of South Canal Street while holding his two month old baby. The fall was about four feet and nine inches high.

The Department of Child Services was contacted about an hour later, but by that time, Moore had left the home with the child, according to the affidavit. Alexandria police asked her to bring the child to the office so they could check on its welfare. An ambulance was also called.

According to the affidavit, multiple injuries were found on the infant’s face, including scratches, swelling and redness. The baby was taken to the Community Hospital Anderson and then to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis after the emergency room physician determined the infant’s brain was bleeding.

Hospital staff told police that the child had brain bleeds and a left partial skull fracture, according to the affidavit. The nurses told police that the child should heal naturally and not suffer side effects.

York told police they didn’t immediately take the infant to the hospital, because they were worried about child services getting involved. According to the affidavit, he also said it would look bad, since his breath smelled like beer and Moore’s smelled like wine.

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