ELWOOD — A probable cause affidavit published Thursday indicates the co-defendants in a case of alleged child neglect against a 2-month-old boy regularly abused drugs around the infant.
As of Thursday night, Tyler C. Arnold, 20, and Kaylee Kelley, 22, both of Elwood, were both incarcerated in Madison County Jail. Both are accused of mistreating Kelley’s child, who was last reported to be intubated in the intensive care unit at Riley Hospital for Children. Arnold is the son of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold.
According to the affidavit, the Department of Child Services first received a report regarding the baby’s health on Sept. 23. A family case manager informed police the next day that the baby had suffered trauma to his brain causing subdural hemorrhaging and was experiencing seizures causing a lack of oxygen. The infant also suffered a fractured right femur and a broken left foot.
Dr. Ralph Hicks of Riley told police the damage seemed to have happened that weekend, and that more immediate care could have prevented complications in the child’s treatment. The doctor believed the damage was caused by violent shaking and impact against a hard surface. Hicks told police he believed the child would live, but might have permanent severe damage to his vision, hearing and speech.
According to the affidavit, Kelley reportedly told police that she and Arnold both regularly injected heroin, oxycotin and morphine. She said on that weekend, she and Arnold injected the leftover drug and pill residue from previous uses.
Kelley reportedly told investigators that on one occasion she saw Arnold shake the baby while telling him to “be quiet.” She said she was scared to tell police because Arnold allegedly told her they would go to jail if they took the baby to the hospital.
Arnold allegedly told her he was nervous because state police are investigating another crime in which he is a suspect, the affidavit said. Kelley said she believed Arnold, on another occasion, dropped the baby while Arnold was sleeping in a chair.