Dad charged with murder in 4-year-old's death

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis man has been charged with murder in the death of his 4-year-old son.

Dennis Price, 29, called police to his home in the 900 block of East 42nd Street on Saturday night, telling dispatchers his son took pills and was unconscious and not breathing.

The boy was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

A doctor at the hospital told police the boy had "multiple areas of blunt force trauma over his entire body," and he had blood in his stomach and chest and marks on his head.

When police took Price in for questioning, he told detectives he had been whipping and punching his son in the days leading up the boy's death.

According to court documents, Price told police he gave the boy ibuprofen to reduce the swelling, then -- worried that he'd given him too much -- tried to make the boy vomit by having him drink a cup of water with a charcoal briquette in it.

An autopsy determined the boy died of blunt force trauma, and the boy's death was ruled a homicide.

Price is charged with murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and battery resulting in death to a person younger than 14.

Another 4-year-old who was home during the incident told police the victim got into trouble for lying to his father.

 

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