Affidavit: Baby had healing ribs in addition to fatal head injuries

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Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 1:41 PM CDT
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MT. VERNON, Ind. (WFIE) - Indiana State Police are investigating the death of a 10-month-old baby in Mt. Vernon.

26-year-old Devin Morrison is charged with neglect of a dependent causing death.

Troopers say last Thursday, September 8, authorities were called to the 400 block of East 5th Street for an unresponsive infant.

They say the little girl was taken to the hospital, but died from her injuries later that day.

The coroner has identified her as Naiarii Kaczmarek.

Troopers say there was an autopsy Monday that showed Naiarii died from a subdural hemorrhage due to multiple skull fractures. The manner of death was ruled a homicide.

The arrest affidavit for Morrison shows he told authorities he slipped on some tea while holding the baby, and she hit her head in the fall.

It shows medical staff told authorities her injures are not consistent with that type of fall, and she also had healing broken ribs.

They say the rib injuries were likely a few weeks old.

[Click here to heard the full affidavit]

Morrison was arrested Thursday afternoon. His bond is now set at $1 million after a court hearing Friday. A video court hearing is set for Monday.

Records show he has a prior charge of neglect from December 2021. That case is still pending.