The Herald Bulletin

September 27, 2013

Son of Elwood mayor faces felony charges

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — The 20-year-old son of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold is in custody in Madison County Jail without bond and faces three felony charges for allegedly shaking an infant boy.

Tyler Arnold of Elwood was arrested Friday afternoon and was booked into the Madison County Jail at 3:21 p.m.

Elwood Chief of Police Sam Hanna confirmed Arnold and Kaylee Kelley, the baby’s mother, face felony charges for the alleged mistreatment of the child. Jail records indicated Kelley, 22, was not in custody as of Friday night.

Hanna confirmed Arnold faces charges of aggravated battery, a Class D felony; criminal recklessness, a Class D felony; and neglect of a dependent, a Class B felony.

According to reports confirmed by Hanna, Kelley brought the infant to Community Hospital in Anderson on Sunday night after the child began to exhibit seizure-like behavior. The baby began acting unusually at 7 p.m., but treatment wasn’t sought until 10:45 p.m.

Doctors indicated the baby suffered brain trauma and subdural hemorrhaging consistent with a lack of oxygen. There was also an apparent fracture in the baby’s left leg. Doctors believed the damage was caused by violent shaking and could be permanent.

Kelley told investigators 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 also allegedly told her he was nervous because state police are investigating another crime where he is a suspect.

Hanna said the last time he spoke to doctors about the infant’s condition, they told him they were trying to get the child well enough to consume food again.

Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said he has received a copy of the probable cause affidavit from Hanna, but is unable to release it to the public until his office has a chance to review it.

According to Elwood City Public Information Officer Jeff Howe, Ron Arnold declined to comment on the matter.

According to court records, a warrant for Tyler Arnold’s arrest was issued on Friday after a notice of violation of in-home detention was filed against him on Thursday. Arnold is currently under in-home detention stemming from a July 2011 case. In August, he pleaded guilty to three counts of Class D felony fraud and Class D felony theft and was sentenced to 24 months, of which 18 are to be served on in-home detention.

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