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Prosecutors File Murder Charge in Toddler's Death

IMPD: Stepmom admitted losing temper, dropped boy on kitchen floor

5/30/2012


The death of a two-year-old Indianapolis boy last week has led to murder charges.

Marion County prosecutors had already charged Skyler Dunn's stepmother, Autumn Dunn, with battery and neglect after the boy was found last Sunday with extensive head trauma. They added a murder charge Wednesday afternoon, three days after Skyler died of his injuries.

Defense attorney Ben Jaffe questions how prosecutors can establish the intent necessary for a murder charge, but says he'll wait to read the filing.

Police say Autumn Dunn initially told them Skyler had fallen in the yard earlier in the day on May 20, but that nothing seemed wrong until she was unable to wake him from a nap. But detectives say when they questioned her a second time, Dunn told them she accidentally dropped Skyler on his head on the kitchen floor, then picked him up and deliberately dropped him a second time when he continued crying.

Doctors say Skyler's skull was fractured in two places and that he suffered severe brain damage.

Court records say Skyler lived with his biological mother but was visiting his father for the weekend.

Prosecutors also elevated neglect charges to a more serious class of felony in light of Skyler's death. Instead of a possible six-to-40 years on the original charges, Dunn now faces 45-to-115 years if convicted.

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