Man charged in death of toddler
A Louisville man was arrested Thursday for neglect of a dependent in a case that involved the death of his 17-month-old son.
Jeremy Louis Neal Green, 19, was arrested at 3:15 p.m. at the Indiana State Police post in Sellersburg on an arrest warrant issued by Harrison County Superior Court.
On Feb. 11, at approximately 4:01 p.m., a trooper, a county police officer and emergency medical responders were called to a residence located off Kennedy Mott Road near Depauw for an infant not breathing. The child was transported by ambulance to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, where the child was pronounced dead. At the request of the Harrison County Prosecutor’s Office, an investigation began into the death of the child and an autopsy was performed by the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville. The autopsy results showed the cause of death to be attributed to positional asphyxia, but a high level of Diphenhydramine, an over-the-counter medication, could have contributed to the infant’s death.
During the investigation, detectives learned that on Feb. 11, in the morning hours, the 17-month-old boy was allegedly not feeling well.
Green, the infant’s father, medicated the infant and placed the child into a baby bed that was allegedly damaged, allowing the child to get his head and neck between the rails of the bed. When Green checked on his son at approximately 4 p.m., the child was not breathing.
Green was charged with neglect of a dependent, a Class A felony, and two counts of neglect of a dependent, both Class D felonies.
He was incarcerated in the Harrison County Jail awaiting his first court appearance.