He was born on Sept. 13, 1960 in Columbia City, Ind. to Dale and Carmen (Brower) Danner. On May 7, 2003, he married Robin (Gilson) Lundy.
Mr. Danner is survived by his wife Robin Danner, Cromwell; daughter Natasha (Aaron) Hoffman, Milford; son Brandon Sean (Dustie Ann) Woods, Oakfield, Tenn.; stepson Colt Lundy, Cromwell; a grandson, a stepgrandson; and 2 sisters: Karen (Scott) Brandel, Fort Wayne; and Kimberly (Bernie) Wilson, Warsaw.
He was preceded by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday April 24, 2010 at Owen Family Funeral Home, Syracuse. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday April 25, 2010 at the funeral home with Pastor Kent Butcher of The Vineyard Community Church officiating. Burial will be in the North Webster Cemetery (Mock Addition) at a later date.
A Riley doctor who cared for Carter said he suffered from multiple head injuries, bilateral retinal hemorrhages and a bruise on his cheek, according to a probable cause affidavit. He was on a ventilator for two days before he died.
Carter sustained the injuries Sunday while Spears was watching him, according to the affidavit. Carter's mother, Samantha McCord, was at work.
Spears told police that he put Carter on a sofa, gave him a bottle and left the living room to get a drink. He heard Carter crying and picked him up "grabbing him under the arms, and forcefully pulling the baby toward him so hard that Carter's head impacted (Spears') shoulder and snapped back," according to the affidavit. Spears felt him go limp. Spears "then began forcefully bouncing Carter up and down while holding him with one hand," he told police, according to the affidavit.
Spears called 911 shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday to report Carter was not breathing and unresponsive. Carter was taken by ambulance to Riverview Hospital and was later transferred to Riley.
Spears is being held at the Hamilton County Jail. The court agreed today to increase his bail to $250,000 from $100,000. His trial is set for Oct. 5. Spears told the court he has not yet hired an attorney.Services for Carter will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Randall & Roberts in Fishers. Calling will begin at 1 p.m.
GARY -- Turquoise Walker thought she had a plan that would mark the start of a new beginning for herself and her two sons.
But that changed Wednesday night when 5-year-old Leon Walker arrived at the hospital, covered with welts and bruises, dead from a broken neck.
Burns has a formal appearance in Lake Superior Court Judge Clarence Murray's court at 8:30 a.m. May 11. He's scheduled for a hearing on June 29.
Johnson has a May 14 court date.
Turquoise Walker, 26, cloistered in a church program for three weeks, is hurt, angry and confused about her loss.
"We planned this baby, we were engaged, we'd been together for six years. I was with this man throughout the all and all, the hard times and the good times. This was his first born," she said Monday from the Good Samaritan Mission home where she is part of a Christian Discipleship program.
"I read that he said he went too far. Yes, you did, you went too far when you beat him daily. What person in his right mind would do that?" she said.
Veteran investigators say the injuries they saw are some of the most brutal they've ever seen. Police accuse Burns of tying the boy's hands and with electrical cord and hitting him with a belt.
Johnson was at the Glen Park home the couple shared during the beatings, court records state. She heard the boy beg to be untied and heard his screams as he was punched. After he fell quiet, the couple called for an ambulance.
Leon died when his cervical spine was snapped. Police said he had a deep ligature mark around his neck.
Walker said she and Leon Burns were a couple for six years, then split. She had been living in Wisconsin, but Leon spoke with his father regularly. Last year she decided to come back to be near her family.
Her grandmother was taking care of Leon and her other son in East Chicago.
"I haven't seen my son in nine months. I've been on my own trying to make my own way; it's been one thing after another," she said.
Little Leon was "energetic. He loved his brother, he was always willing to help. He had the most beautiful smile," his mother recalled.
Mission Pastor Jim Watson said Turquoise Walker had crafted a colorful beaded key chain and a heart to mail to Leon for his sixth birthday on Monday.
"Within an hour of when she was going to the post office to mail the gifts, the police were here," Watson said.
"She came here so she could become the mother she needs to be. She thought her child was safe," Watson said, describing Walker as "fragile" in the aftermath of Leon's death.
Burns was supposed to keep the boy for a weekend visit, but when Walker's grandmother started calling to bring Leon home, "and it was one excuse after another," Walker said.
"Now we know why," she said.
Today Walker will make funeral arrangements for her son.
"I have no idea how to plan one," she said.
Watson said his church is handling the funeral costs. Anyone who wishes to donate in Leon Walker's memory to the program that helps women like his mother can send donations to the Good Samaritan Mission, P.O. Box 64580, Gary, Ind. 46401.