The Journal Gazette
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 11:40 am

Neglect charges filed in 2-yr-old's death

A Fort Wayne man has been charged with felony neglect in the death of a 2-year-old girl in January.

Shane A. Patton had been identified as a person of interest in Jocelyn Belcher's death. The girl died from asphyxia due to compression of the neck, according to court documents. 

Patton is charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in serious injury and neglect of a dependent placing dependent in a situation that endangers the person. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. 

The girl's mother, Crystal Belcher, was arrested last week and also faces neglect charges.

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