ELWOOD — The infant victim of alleged neglect by an Elwood couple has been released from the intensive care unit of Riley Hospital for Children, but could still suffer long-term effects.
On Friday, deputy prosecutor John McKay said the two-month-old boy was "out of the woods" and not in danger of death. However, the child is still at Riley for observation and still could suffer long-term damage from the incident.
As of Friday, Tyler C. Arnold, 20, and Kaylee Kelley, 22, both of Elwood, were incarcerated in Madison County Jail. Both are accused of mistreating Kelley’s child. Arnold is the son of Elwood Mayor Ron Arnold.
On Friday, deputy prosecutor Andrew Hopper said there isn't much change in the ongoing investigation of the couple, but confirmed reports that the two allegedly waited several hours before seeking medical treatment for the baby. This delay possibly aggravated the prognosis for the child.
According to a probable cause 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.