The Marion County coroner ruled that a 10-week-old boy found dead last week at a Far-Eastside apartment had been the victim of a fatal beating, police said today.
Police found the boy naked and on the floor of an apartment in the 9800 block of Gatewood Court at about 11:30 a.m. Friday, according to an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department report.
The boy, whom police did not identify by name, was not breathing when officers arrived. Medics took him to Community Hospital East, according to the report, but life-saving efforts were not successful.
The coroner found that the boy died of "multiple blunt force traumatic injuries" that cut off oxygen to his brain, Sgt. Linda Jackson said today. The death was ruled a homicide.
The boy's mother, Brianna Shelton, 22, was at the apartment when police arrived.
Mother Arrested In 2-Month-Old Son's Death
Briana Shelton Faces Murder, Neglect Charges
August 27, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis woman was arrested in connection to the death of her 2-month-old son, police said.
Homicide detectives were called to an apartment complex near 21st Street and Mitthoeffer Road just after noon Friday on a report of a child not breathing.
When detectives arrived, they found the naked infant lying on his back on the living room floor. The baby's mother, Briana Shelton, 22, was at home at the time.
The Marion County coroner ruled that the infant died of multiple blunt-force traumatic injuries. Shelton was arrested Saturday on murder and neglect charges, police said.