Muncie father accused of child neglect

Police: Orick, 23, dropped son on head

MUNCIE, Ind. - Delaware County authorities are investigating an alleged case of child abuse by a father on his 7-week-old son.

Police said Joshua Orick, 23, is responsible for the brain injuries his son suffered.

Officers with the Muncie Police Department said Orick was playing a video game on a tablet when he got angry with his baby for crying for about 60 to 90 seconds.

Police said Orick threw the tablet, picked up the baby and dropped the infant on his head.

"He admitted to being angry, handling the child, he gave us some scenarios, he would not put the force behind what he actually did," Muncie Police detective Sgt. Linda Cook said.

The child’s mother was out shopping at the time, officials said. Police said the mother told them the child turned ghost-white, ran a fever while experiencing seizures and projectile vomited for two days before the child was taken to the hospital.

Police said on March 4 they learned the baby was still at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and was suffering from internal bleeding around the brain.

The child was lifelined to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. Doctors told police the child’s diagnosis on March 10.

"She said this is definitely non-accidental-type trauma injury, and at that point we tried to narrow down who had access to the baby," Cook said.

Orick was preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent. Police said Orick told them he was addicted to video games.

"I don't think you can blame it on the video games, it's just the character of the person doing it," neighbor Mike Nau said.

Police said formal charges against Orick were expected to be filed soon. Police did not expect charges would be filed against the infant’s mother.

The infant is now in the custody of his maternal grandmother as authorities continue their investigation.

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