Indiana authorities say a toddler girl is dead after suffering horrific injuries inflicted either late Friday or early Saturday, while older sibling is in the hospital being treated for abuse. The children’s mother and her boyfriend are being held in connection with the horrifying case, Fox 59 reports.
According to The Herald Bulletin, 23-month-old Paisley Hudson succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at a local hospital in Anderson, located approximately 34 miles from Indianapolis. The girl’s mother, Kayla Hudson, 25, and her boyfriend, Ryan Ramirez, 29, were each arrested on a preliminary charge of felony “neglect of a dependent resulting in death.”
Anderson police stated that Paisley’s mother drove the little girl to the hospital Sunday morning, but she was unresponsive upon arrival. An autopsy revealed the tot died of multiple blunt force injuries, including a blow to her head and two liver lacerations that led to bleeding in her stomach. The Madison County coroner noted additional injuries and ruled the baby’s death as homicide. .
Probable cause affidavits obtained by The Herald Bulletin stated the couple rented a room at the Red Roof Inn in Anderson, though it isn’t clear how long they were residing there.
Ramirez allegedly drove Hudson to a nearby Buffalo Wild Wings, where she worked as a waitress, just before 5 p.m. on Friday, with the children in tow.
At 11 p.m. the same night, Hudson’s boyfriend picked her back up, again with the children riding along, according to an affidavit. Paisley was allegedly sleeping in a car seat when the couple returned home, with Ramirez carrying the child inside, who he said was still asleep. Husdon reportedly put the toddler’s brother, 3-year-old Riley, to bed.
Ramirez told detectives that after changing Paisley’s diaper, he laid her face down in a pack and play to sleep before going to bed and watching television with Hudson. At approximately 3 a.m., he claimed to have checked on Paisley, saying she was in a different position than when he first put her to bed.
When the toddler’s mother checked on her between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., detectives said she found her daughter lifeless and cold to the touch. Hudson attempted CPR while putting Paisley in a warm bath, according to a probable cause affidavit, adding that neither Ramirez nor Hudson called 911.
Hudson then reportedly decided to seek medical care for Paisley by driving her to St. Vincent Hospital, with the affidavit claiming that Ramirez tried stopping her in order to “get their stories straight.” However, police said Hudson ignored the request and drove her daughter for help despite Ramirez’s pleas, leaving behind Riley with her boyfriend.
“You’re going to get CPS (Child Protective Services) called on you,” Hudson said Ramirez told her. “You’ve already lost one kid, you don’t want to lose Riley, too.”
The couple’s versions of events on what really happened differed, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Both Ramirez and Hudson are being held without bail at the Madison County Jail.
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