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Father charged with felony neglect after baby girl sent to Riley with broken bone

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Dustin Lake
A 23-year-old Jasonville man appeared in Greene Circuit Court early Wednesday and was charged with felony neglect of a dependent. He's accused of possibly breaking his daughter's arm, and failing to get immediate medical attention for the injured child.

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.

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If it was an "accident" why didn't he take the baby to the hospital? why are people so cruel and dumb. Some people just don't deserve to have children.

-- Posted by AwesomeOne85 on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 7:36 AM


-- Posted by linton_residents on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 8:14 AM

i wonder what's going on with this generation of people. your children come first no matter the situation. these kids treat their children as pets instead of part of their biological selves.now that cps is involved,which they should be, are going to be a thorn in your side the rest of your childrens life.a little common sense goes a long way.bottom line, take care of your chidren,they are a gift from god.

-- Posted by tmj4598 on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 8:17 AM

tmj4598 - my thoughts exactly! I'm lucky and blessed to be a parent. Some don't get that opportunity. Some do, and don't deserve it.. unfortunately.

-- Posted by Orion's Belt on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 10:13 AM

I wouldn't treat my pet like that! I love my dog!!

-- Posted by linton_residents on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 11:54 AM

There are several things people do that I don't understand, but I don't really think are as bad as some make them out to be. Harming a child is NOT one of those things. I hope that he doesn't get a chance to hurt her again! I hope the Mother is clueless and not covering for him...I just don't see how it wasn't noticed though.

-- Posted by lintonite on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 12:30 PM

Sad for this baby girl, how much she suffered in 3 short months with previous breaks too that healed on their own, geesh. Babies need to feel secure, this will have an effect on her mind as she grows up and she'll not know why because it will all be on a subconscious level. I hope all 3 children will be ok.

-- Posted by sassy12 on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 12:32 PM

Three broken bones and no abuse charges?

-- Posted by drivin'missdaisy on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 1:41 PM

I think there should be abuse charges since the baby was physically harmed because neglect I thought means they are not being fed, have adequate shelter, etc...but I'm not a lawyer and not sure why the prosecutor went with a neglect charge versus abuse charge. Great ? drivin'missdaisy.

-- Posted by sassy12 on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 2:27 PM


-- Posted by joshbolin84 on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 3:53 PM

I know a lady who would have given her right arm & a leg to have had a natural child,but,she couldn't but,she has has been blessed with adopted children,one,whom was a shaken baby.They got that child at 8 weeks old with over 100 "spots" in the brain with vision injuries.Thank God,He has healed this childs' eye!!!That child is thriving under her and her husbands'care and they are in the process of adopting another child.Her oldest is a tween now and is one Great Blessing to their family.

These babies are SOOOO prescious...I just don't understand how anyone can harm an infant!!!

Others,as its' been said,take their babies for granted..so sad.

-- Posted by gravytrain on Thu, Sep 5, 2013, at 9:54 PM

Pretty ironic that this sick psycho "likes" the page stop abuse on children on his Facebook page, I pray God gives him what he reaps, and saves that baby from anymore pain and fear, I have 4 blessings myself and one is 3 months old this makes me cringe and brings tears to my eyes thinking someone could harm such a precious helpless and trusting gift from God :-( smh

-- Posted by jojorenee on Fri, Sep 6, 2013, at 12:04 AM

I agree gravytrain!

-- Posted by sassy12 on Fri, Sep 6, 2013, at 8:23 AM

I AM THE MOTHER of these babies and am going thur hell because of what he has done. im fighting for my kids because of this so no just to let everyone know im not sticking up for him AT ALL he deserves everything that is coming to him, if it wasn't for him I would have my 3 angel babies here with me today, not in a strangers house!!!!!!!!!! THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by sissygirl90 on Thu, Oct 17, 2013, at 10:42 PM

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