Dustin William Lake was arrested and booked into the Greene County Jail around 10 p.m. last Thursday by Jasonville Police Officer James Gadberry.
Gadberry was on duty that day when he was dispatched around 2:30 p.m. to Greene County General Hospital to speak with a nurse and a caseworker from Greene County's DCS (Department of Child Services) about a three-month-old baby girl suffering from a broken bone in her left forearm.
Gadberry reported the break in the baby's arm was significant enough that she was transported from Greene County General to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment.
Before Gadberry interviewed both of the baby's parents, DCS Caseworker Mary Stewart and hospital nurses told him that x-rays showed the current broken bone but also revealed two previous fractures, one in the baby's collarbone and one in the baby's leg - both appeared to have healed.
The baby's mother was interviewed at the Linton Police Department. Gadberry reported she did not know how the child was injured. The baby seemed fine when she fed and bathed all three of her children on Wednesday afternoon before heading to work, leaving the children in her husband's care.
The mother reportedly said the baby was asleep when she got home from work and she didn't notice anything abnormal when she woke up to feed her around 6 a.m. then put her back to bed. Then when the baby woke up at 9 a.m. Thursday, she discovered something was wrong with the baby's arm.
The father, Lake, was interviewed at the Jasonville Police Department later in the day. Gadberry said Lake first said the night was uneventful, then he said he had possibly rolled over on the baby, then when accused by Gadberry of breaking the child's arm and pushed for the truth, Lake told a different story.
According to details of the interview included in a probable cause affidavit, Lake said he picked the baby up around 11 p.m. and was holding the baby with both hands but when a puppy bit his foot, he reacted and let go of the baby with one hand. Lake allegedly said the baby slipped out of his other hand and as the baby fell, he grabbed her left arm and the baby swung down and outward and he heard and felt her arm "pop."
Gadberry said Lake had no answer when asked why he never said anything to anyone about the injury and hours later when it was discovered, still didn't mention the injury to his wife.
Gadberry reported all three children were taken into custody by DCS. No further information was released regarding the DCS investigation.
The criminal case against Lake was filed by the Greene County Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday.
Lake was formally charged on Wednesday with neglect of a dependent as a class D felony. He is being held on a bond of $4,000 surety with ten percent cash allowed.