- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) - Police in northeastern Indiana are searching for a man who’s charged in the January death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.

Thirty-year-old Shane A. Patton was charged Monday with neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury and neglect of a dependent by placing a dependent in a dangerous situation.

The Journal Gazette reports he’s charged in the Jan. 27 death of Jocelyn “JoJo” Belcher, whose body was found in her crib, wrapped tightly in a blanket.

A coroner ruled her death a homicide due to neck compression, and a post-mortem physician found the child’s injuries consistent with a hand being placed over her mouth and neck.

Her mother, 28-year-old Crystal Belcher was arrested last week on the same charges as Patton. Belcher, who has four other children, remains jailed.


Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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