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Verbatim: Indiana State Police investigating battery on infant

Henry L. Shell Jr.

Written statement issued Sunday evening: Sergeant Tony Slocum, Indiana State Police Public Information Officer, released information related to the Amboy infant battery.

Amboy – Late this morning, a 911 call was placed to the Miami County Central Dispatch with the report of a lifeless infant boy at a residence on 9287 S. Bond Cemetery Road, Amboy, IN. When emergency workers arrived they found a nine-month-old boy not breathing and unresponsive. The child was airlifted to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN, where he underwent surgery for multiple skull fractures. He is currently listed in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Mike Tarrh revealed that Henry L. Shell Jr., 44, and his wife, Karen M. Shell, 23, both of 9243 S. Bond Cemetery Road, Amboy, IN, were allegedly in a physical altercation at their home when the infant, who was on a bed, was struck by a blunt force object.

When officers attempted to make contact with Henry Shell Jr., he fled the residence. A short time later, a Converse town marshal and Miami County Sheriff's deputy located Shell and attempted to take him into custody. Shell purportedly resisted and a physical altercation occurred between the officers and Shell. Officers were able to arrest Shell after utilizing a Taser to gain control.

Henry Shell Jr. was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face class B felony charges for neglect of a dependent with serious bodily injuries and battery causing serious bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age. He also faces misdemeanor charges for battery on a police officer, resisting law enforcement, and domestic battery. His bond is set at $59,000.

Karen Shell was also incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face a class B felony charge for neglect of a dependent with serious bodily injuries. Her bond is $25,000.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Detective Tarrh was assisted by ISP First Sergeant Rob Ricks, ISP Sergeant Jason Page, officers from the Miami County Sheriff's Office, the Converse Town Marshal's Office, and the Miami County Child Protective Services Office.

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