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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 1:00 am

Father charged in baby's injury

JAMIE DUFFY | The Journal Gazette

The baby had gotten her leg caught in a crib two weeks before she was taken to a hospital for critical injuries, and she had sometimes gotten caught in her bouncy seat, her mother said.

But there was nothing to explain a fracture to the baby's right femur or why she went into cardiac arrest May 23 and had to be intubated in critical condition.

The baby's father, Cornell Kevon Montgomery, 24, of the 1500 block of Lewis Street, was charged Tuesday with battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person under 14 and neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.

He was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail for these charges but was already at the Allen County Jail, where he started a 11/2-year sentence Tuesday for resisting law enforcement, carrying a handgun without a license and refusal to identify himself.

When doctors discovered the baby's injury, medical records were sent to doctors at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis, where a doctor said that an adult who was around the child would have known the child was injured and in pain. The doctor said the stories given were not plausible and he ruled it an inflicted injury, court records said.

The baby's mother told police she took care of her child May 23, changing her diaper and feeding her as she did every morning, and that she went to work at 8 a.m. Her baby had no fussiness or indications of injury at that time, and there was no indication of injury the night before. Montgomery had driven her to work with the baby seated in a car seat, she told police.

About 9 a.m., she received a message to call Montgomery immediately. Montgomery said he had a warrant for his arrest and that she needed to call her mother to let her know she needed to watch the baby.

About 10 a.m., the baby's mother went to her mother's home. Her mother was holding the baby and if the baby was moved, she would cry and her leg was swollen, court records said.

When asked for an explanation, Montgomery said there had been no traumatic incidents when he dropped the baby off at the grandmother's home and that he had been home only about 20 minutes before he went to the grandmother's house, records said. Montgomery said that when he arrived, the grandmother took the baby out of the car seat and he noticed she made a noise that didn't sound like a normal cry, court records said.

Montgomery said he didn't do anything to the baby, but Riley doctors believe the injuries “probably occurred” while the child was in his care, court records said.