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Courtroom Docs: Man charged with neglect in loss of life of 8-year-old

HUNTINGTON COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) — A person is going through a Stage 1 felony cost after police discovered an 8-year-old beneath his care lifeless in a bed room locked from the skin, in keeping with court docket paperwork.

On Nov. 22, police arrived at a home in south Huntington and had been knowledgeable by the sufferer’s mom that her baby, an 8-year-old boy, had been discovered with a zipper tie round his neck, in keeping with court docket paperwork.

Medical personnel pronounced the kid deceased on the scene.

An post-mortem performed Nov. 23 decided the reason for loss of life to be asphyxia because of the zip tie across the sufferer’s neck.

Nonetheless, court docket paperwork say the style of loss of life couldn’t be decided on the time as a result of the post-mortem couldn’t rule out murder in gentle of the circumstances surrounding the sufferer’s loss of life.

On the scene, police questioned 32-year-old Matthew Dirig, the boyfriend of the sufferer’s mom, who stated he had introduced the sufferer house after the sufferer had been troublesome, locked him in his room and began taking part in video video games.

Dirig instructed police he locked the kid in his room as a result of that was the kid’s “protected area,” in keeping with court docket paperwork.

The sufferer’s mom additionally instructed police that the kid’s room was thought of a “protected area” and that she would often “set a timer for 5 minutes” after which see if her baby had calmed down, in keeping with court docket paperwork.

Within the court docket paperwork, the mom said she was not house the night time of the incident and that she was unsure if Dirig ever checked on the kid.

Dirig admitted to police he acquired a textual content from the sufferer’s mom at 6:38 p.m. — round 45 minutes earlier than the mom got here house and found the sufferer — asking Dirig how the sufferer was doing.

Dirig by no means responded to the textual content, explaining to police he was “busy taking part in his recreation,” in keeping with court docket paperwork.

Dirig additionally instructed police he by no means checked on the sufferer as a result of he “obtained sidetracked.”

Police investigated Ring doorbell digital camera footage from the house and estimated the sufferer had been locked within the room for almost two hours based mostly on when Dirig and the sufferer arrived house and when the mom discovered her baby, in keeping with court docket paperwork.

In an interview with police, Dirig described the sufferer as “aggressive” when he introduced the sufferer house, however police imagine the sufferer “didn’t seem aggressive in any way” within the doorbell digital camera footage.

Throughout a search of the residence, a detective additionally discovered a black coat belonging to Dirig that had “recent scratch marks” that “appeared in line with defensive scratching with fingernails,” in keeping with court docket paperwork.

Authorities charged Dirig with neglect of a dependent leading to loss of life, a Stage 1 felony in Indiana.

A Stage 1 felony beneath most circumstances carries a sentence of 20 to 40 years.

Dirig had been held beneath a $15,000 money bond, however was later launched after posting bond.

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