The Vanderburgh County Sheriffs Office says an Evansville man has been arrested on child battery charges.
Deputies say on Tuesday, the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Deaconess Hospital around 11:45 p.m. to assist the Department of Child Services with an investigation.
Authorities say once on scene, they were advised that a 13-month-old child had been seriously injured during an incident at 2505 Indian Bend.
Deputies then spoke with the infant's mother, who told them her infant daughter had spent the night with her sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn Jeanette Devers and Scott Wayne Devers.
Authorities say the mother told deputies she was aware Scott Devers would be the adult providing care while Marilyn Devers was at work.
She said around 3:00 p.m., Scott Devers had called and told her that her daughter had busted her lip. Believing the injury was minimal in nature, she did not question Devers in detail how the injury occurred.
The woman then told deputies that around 4:30 p.m., Marilyn Devers contacted her and asked what hospital she normally takes her daughter to. When she questioned why, Marilyn stated the child had fallen down the stairs of a bunk bed and needed to be seen.
She told deputies that she then demanded that the Devers bring her daughter home and once she observed the injuries, took her daughter to the hospital.
At the hospital, medical personnel found severe bruising and swelling to the child's forehead and mouth as well as bruising to the back, legs and face. Some of the bruising was patterned in the shape of an adult hand.
Deputies say X-Rays showed a spiral fracture to her upper arm which was not consistent with a child falling from a bunk bed.
The child was admitted and treated for her injuries. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Officials say Scott Devers was interviewed by Sheriff's detectives.
They say Devers maintained that the child's injuries were sustained during a fall from the bunk bed, despite being confronted with evidence to the contrary.
Deputies say Devers did admit that he was the only one that had cared for the child and that the child had no injuries when she was brought to him.
Devers was arrested and held in the Vanderburgh County Detention Center and was later released after posting a $5,000 bond.
• Battery Causing Serious Injury – Victim Under 14 - Class B Felony
• Child Neglect with Serious Bodily Injury – Class B Felony
• Scott Wayne Devers
• White Male
• 25 years of age
• Evansville, Indiana
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