An Indiana woman faces a single count of child neglect in connection with the death of her 47-day-old son. According to court records, Megan Elizabeth Ford, 35, is charged with neglecting a loved one with aggravated assault. The charge is a level 3 felony, these records show.
A probable cause affidavit filed on March 25, 2022 and obtained by Law&Crime states that at 11:14 a.m. on May 26, 2021, an Allen County Police Department officer referred to an address in Yoder, Indiana, “as Responding to an unresponsive child.” The baby was taken to the hospital but later died.
Ford informed responding officers that they were from nearby Ft. wayne She described the child, whose name has been redacted in parts of the document but appears to be identified elsewhere as “Kai‘ than ‘a bit fussy when I set it [in] the car seat.”
“During the twelve to fifteen minute drive to [her mother’s] House, thought the defendant [the victim] fell asleep,” the document reads. “On arrival at [the mother’s] House on Prine Road, the defendant and [her mother] observed [the victim] was unresponsive, had blood from her nose and mouth, and appeared to be bluish in color.”
Rescue attempts were unsuccessful.
During an autopsy, officers “observed a bruise” on the infant’s abdomen that “matched perfectly with where the buckles would have been attached.” [the victim] when he was placed in the car seat,” the document continues.
Records suggest authorities attempted to place the infant’s body back in the car seat to check how the buckles would have fallen over him while he was alive.
“The seat belts could not be buckled, but it was uncertain how much [the victim] possibly swollen due to CPR chest compressions,” it said.
A doctor cited in court documents noted that “the blood from his mouth and nose could have come from his lungs due to the pressure of suffocation.”
The child suffered five broken ribs, which the doctor said was “a little high” for damage that could be caused by CPR. “However, he could not rule out the cause of the broken ribs,” the document continues.
The cause of death was “probably mechanical asphyxiation due to chest and abdominal compression,” according to an autopsy report cited in the affidavit of probable cause.
During a subsequent police interview, the defendant said the victim’s birth weight was four pounds, 14 ounces and the victim was last examined a few days before his death. At this examination, he weighed eight pounds, two ounces.
The defendant further stated, according to the affidavit:
The defendant admitted that the straps had not been adjusted since they left the hospital. She knew they were getting tight [the victim] and they needed that [to be] customized. The defendant wanted her mother to help her adjust the seat belts after she arrived on the 26th. The defendant admitted she knew the straps were tight two days before taking it [the victim] to his doctor’s appointment.
Based on the actual seat and a “similarly sized doll”, the defendant is said to have shown the police how to put the toddler in the seat. She “demonstrated and explained how to move his lower body down into the seat to get the straps over his shoulders,” the affidavit reads.
Quentin HoskinsThe victim’s father told police he warned the defendant a few days before the infant’s death that the car seat belts were becoming “too tight”.
“I could barely get him in the car seat,” Hoskins said, according to the affidavit.
Hoskins said the victim was his first child and that neither he nor Ford, the defendant, knew how to adjust the car seat belts. He also used a dummy to demonstrate how tight the seat belts would have been if the child were strapped into the seat.
“The defendant said she received the car seat as a gift [her mother]’ concludes the document. “She threw away the box and instructions after removing the seat from the box.”
The author of the probable cause affidavit said that an internet search easily yielded a copy of the owner’s manual that explained how to adjust the seat.
judge David M. Cent found a probable cause for Ford’s arrest, according to an online court filing on March 7, 2022.
According to online prison records, Ford was released from custody. According to court documents, a judge approved a $10,000 bail bond and issued a supervised conditional release order.
A online obituary indicates the child’s name was Kai Hunter Hoskins. According to the obituary, he was just 47 days old. It is partly as follows:
Kai Hunter Hoskins was born unexpectedly early on April 9, 2021 and passed away the same way just 47 days later on May 26, 2021. He was a sweet, content and simple baby. He only cried when he was hungry and frantically searched for food with his small mouth like a baby bird. Kai was happiest and happiest when being held.
A photo collage of the infant is included on the sad side.
The defendant is scheduled to appear back in court at 9:30 a.m. on May 23, 2022, according to court records.
Under Indiana law, a Level 3 felony generally carries a sentence of three to 16 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The “consultation penalty” is nine years State law expressly points this out.
Ford’s two defense attorneys of record did not immediately respond to a request from Law&Crime for a response or comment. When a reply is received, this report will be updated.
Read the full probable cause affidavit below:
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