Bloomington Police say they've arrested a Bloomington man on murder charges in the death of his girlfriend's two-month-old child.
Police say they were called to the hospital Tuesday at 5:31 p.m. after the baby arrived at the hospital in poor health. Police say the baby was dead when they arrived. According to a statement from police, the staff in the emergency department said there were several inconsistencies in family members' stories.
“Officers then began to interview members of the family,” BPD Captain Ryan Pedigo says. “As they learned more about the infant and the death, they then applied for and were granted a search warrant for the residence where the child had been prior to coming to the hospital.”
The family told investigators that 19-year-old Dakota King had yelled and squeezed the baby and had previously used his hand to try to force the baby's face into its bedding to make the child stop crying.
When police interviewed King he told police he had gotten angry when the baby spit up on his clothes. Police say King told them he placed the baby in its bassinet with his hand on the infant's head and forced it into the pillow of the bassinet until the baby stopped crying.
When the baby's mother returned from work she found the baby in the bassinet not breathing.
“It apparently was at least a little bit of time before the mother returned home from work and found the child unresponsive, and then at that point is when they took her to the hospital,” Pedigo says.
Police found a stain on the baby's bed that they say appeared to be blood.
King is being held at the Monroe County Jail.
Results of an autopsy on the infant have not been released.
This story has been updated.
Emma Atkinson contributed to this story.
CORRECTION: The Bloomington police originally identified King as the father of the baby. King is the child's mother's boyfriend, but is not the child's father.