Indiana police have arrested a man and accused him of torturing his newborn daughter for months, as reported by Fox News.
Tosumba Welch, 19, of Linton, has been charged with domestic battery and neglect of a dependent after doctors examined his 9-month-old infant, Caela Welch, and found her unresponsive and suffering from seizures. Medical staff immediately contacted the Department of Child Services and Welch was detained on Thursday.
Authorities say that she suffered from several brain bleeds because of the blunt force to her head, with one doctor comparing the infant’s skull to a “cracked eggshell.”
“The worst of the bleeds was to the back of her skull, where there was one on each side of her head along with swelling in the same areas,” police said in a statement. “Testing had ruled out any medical cause for Caela’s injuries.”
Welch allegedly admitted to the abuse, telling officers that he would strike his daughter in the back of the skull or on the sides of her head to make her stop crying, according to FOX59. Police also allege that the suspect would often harshly squeeze her and would regularly punch her in the head. The abuse is alleged to have gone on for months, investigators say.
Doctors corroborate these allegations as Caela also suffered “non-accidental injuries” on her collarbone and a fractured ankle most likely caused by an intentional “jerk and yank,” WISH-TV reports.
Miraculously, the girl is recovering in the hospital. Police have yet to release further information on her mother or other family members.
Tosumba Welch is being held at Greene County Jail.
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