INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 8, 2016)– An Indianapolis man convicted of murdering his 4-year-old son was sentenced to 83 years in jail Friday.
In August of 2014, police were called to the 900 block of East 42nd Street in response to reports of a possible overdose involving a child.
According to court documents, Dennis Price punched his son, Derick Jones, 4, and beat him with a belt over the course of several days.
Jones lost consciousness and later died. Price initially told investigators he thought the boy died from an ibuprofen overdose. An autopsy showed he suffered blunt force trauma to the torso, sides, chest, stomach, neck and head area. He had a broken rib and hemorrhaging in his lung.
Price was found guilty of murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death (level 1 Felony), battery resulting in death of a person less than 14 years of age (level 2 Felony) and the habitual offender enhancement.