GREENFIELD — A Hancock County couple who said a baby in their care was injured when she fell out of bed were charged with neglect and battery after doctors determined the child’s injuries were consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
David Lanning, 44, of McCordsville; and his girlfriend, Lisa Bozymski, 43, of Fortville, told investigators the child they were babysitting Jan. 11 fell off their bed in the middle of the night and became wedged between the bed and a nightstand.
But a medical examination of the girl, a 6-month-old relative of Bozymski’s, revealed injuries consistent with abuse, including a skull fracture, according to court records.
The baby suffered multiple soft-tissue injuries as well, including extensive bruising on her face and scalp, court documents state.
The couple took the baby to a medcheck more than 24 hours after the child was injured.
Medical personnel there recommended a more thorough examination at Community Hospital North. The child was then flown by air ambulance to Riley Children’s Hospital.
A doctor there told police scans showed the baby had older injuries that indicate the abuse was ongoing, court documents state. The investigation is continuing.
Lanning and Bozymski are each charged with two Class B felonies, neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury and battery causing serious bodily injury.
Each charge carries a penalty of six to 20 years and up to $10,000 in fines.
The couple pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday in Hancock Circuit Court.
Bozymski’s bond was set at $2,000 cash. Lanning’s bond was set at $10,000 cash.
The couple has been ordered to have no contact with the child.
Bozymski bonded out of the Hancock County Jail Monday afternoon. Lanning remained in jail at press time.