A 9-month-old baby girl is in the hospital after it was discovered that her 19-year-old father, Tosumba Welch of Linton, Indiana, had been punching the infant in the head to make her stop crying, causing her skull to appear like a “cracked eggshell,” police said.
Welch, who was arrested and charged with domestic battery and neglect of a dependent, admitted to police that he had squeezed and punched his daughter since she was 4 or 5 months old to make her stop crying.
Little Caela Welch was transported to the Greene County General Hospital on Wednesday and later airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, said a news release from Sgt. Curt Durnil of the Indiana State Police at Bloomington.
Doctors from Riley Children’s Hospital described the infant’s skull appearing like a “cracked eggshell” when tests showed multiple skull fractures. She suffered from several brain bleeds because of the blunt force to her head.
“The worst of the bleeds was to the back of her skull, where there was one on each side of her head along with swelling in the same areas,” police said in a release.
The infant also suffered “non-accidental injuries” to her collarbone and a fractured ankle, most likely caused by an intentional “jerk and yank,” WISH-TV reported.
Welch told detectives he would strike his daughter Caela in the back of the skull or on the sides of her head to make her stop crying.
He was arrested on Thursday and placed in the Greene County Jail in Linton, which is about 60 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
“Medical staff contacted the Department of Child Services for a review,” the release said.
Baby Caela is recovering in the hospital. Police did not release further information on her mother or other family members.
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