Prison For Boyfriend Who Used Heroin Before Hurting Child
By Mike Perleberg
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Todd Monroe had used heroin just before he injured his girlfriend’s 21-month-old son.
For that, the 20-year-old will serve a 12 year prison sentence.
Monroe was in Dearborn Circuit Court for sentencing on Tuesday. He and his defense attorney, Paul Barade, reached a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty to Aggravated Battery (Class B felony) and Neglect of a Dependant (Class D felony). Remaining charges were dismissed on the terms of the plea deal.
On the battery charge, Judge James D. Humphrey ordered Monroe to serve 15 years with the Indiana Department of Corrections with three of those years suspended to probation. A three year sentence for the neglect charge will be served concurrently.
According to the court affidavit filed around the time of Monroe’s arrest on April 12, 2013, Indiana State Police came to investigate after the one-year-old son of Monroe’s girlfriend was hospitalized on January 10, 2013 after vomiting and becoming unresponsive.
After flunking a polygraph test, Monroe told police he had earlier shot up heroin just minutes before he became angry at the boy for splashing in a hotel room bathtub at the Modern Inn & Suites in Greendale where the couple was staying. He told investigators he shoved the child in the tub.
The child’s mother was not present. It was five to six hours before he was taken to the hospital where he required bowel resection surgery.
Humphrey considered the aggravating factors before sentencing Monroe, taking into account the young age of the victim, Monroe’s heroin use while in the care of the child, an his uncooperativeness with investigators.
“The child was completely helpless and dependent for care. The child was initially hospitalized for a week that subsequently hospitalized for a month due to the injuries. In addition to recovering from the physical injuries caused by the defendant, the child has also received counseling for behavioral issues,” Humphrey wrote in the sentencing order.
The judge considered Monroe’s minimal criminal history as a mitigating factor.
Monroe was given credit for 974 good time days served in jail following his arrest on April 12, 2013. The Indiana Department of Corrections lists Monroe’s earlier possible release date from prison as April 12, 2019.
I worked the hotel that night... she came to the front desk needing towels cause the baby was puking and running a fever... I told her after she came back for more a bit later that he needed to go to hospital asap...that something was wrong!
Lol this system is so messed up, they allow this guy to walk after ten short years? He hurt an innocent child and won't even do ten years after its said and done however they catch a young kid getting marijuana for his buddy and will do the same amount of time!
Todd would watch my son for me while I would work 8hour shifts and nothing bad ever happened. So I figured I could trust him for literally 60seconds.
Really? I am set to marry my fiancé in December. We have a beautiful 9m old daughter together. I was with Todd for over 6m. You would think I could walk away for a moment to just grab a few towels for my son.
I am the child's mother. Thank you for your help that night. If I had had any idea that something like this had happened we would I been at the hospital much sooner. It was one of the scariest nights of my life. He deserves to sit longer than 6yrs
I agree hurt almost kill a helpless child and get teen yrs. I've seen people that have done way less and gotten more time ridiculous
I'm really sorry that u and that precious baby boy had to go through that. I'm so glad he is ok... I'm glad 7 guys got away from him.
Life in the Prison isn't easy for people who have hurt children. Word will travel fast on the inside as to why he is there. The abuse he receives from the other inmates won't be to his liking.
Because he told me he was getting clean. His buddy came down to borrow money off of us. Then Todd came in and said he had to use the restroom. My son was in the jacuzzi tub playing. When Todd came out if bathroom I told him I was going up front to get dry towels because my son needed a dry one and needed some to dry the floor up. Todd didn't look high. When I came back a moment later my son wasn't crying or anything. (High pain tolerance) I never thought anything was wrong. I laid my son down for his nap with me. When he woke up he was acting normal. That night my son puked his milk up which wasn't out of the ordinary for him. So I went and got towels to clean his vomit and him up. And got him water. Then he puked up his water so I held him and rocked him to comfort him. Then his body went completely limp. It was at that moment that I knew something was wrong. We were at the hospital within minutes. Were the admitting woman refused to take him ASAP. So when a nurse came out(moments later) I told her she was taking my son. They took my son back immediately. The dr asked if he had fallen at all that day. Which he did when he was swimming at the pool. They said they believed he had internal bleeding. My son and I were air cared to Cincinnati children's where police and DCS were waiting. I had no idea what they wanted. They then said they believed my son had been abused and instantly fingers were pointed at Todd. I told them I was going to PICU to be with my child. They respected that and waited till my son was coherent to speak with me. It was the hardest call I ever had to make to my ex husband telling him to hurrying and get to CCMC which was an hour drive. When I spoke with police they told me that they believed Todd abused my son. I was in shock I couldn't believe that someone I had been with for 6m would do that. They diagnosed my son with appendicitis. He was released after 6days. At his follow up he starting puking again so he was admitted again an hospitalized for a month. The surgeon team found that his intestine was sealed off. Caused from his intestine being ton from the blood supply and creating scar tissue. The injury sustained was equal to a 30ft fall. The ISP asked Todd to take a polygraph test. Not me just him. I told them that they were taking my son from me that I wanted to clear my name. And I passed ALL four tests. Todd failed ALL for tests! He was charged with 4felonies. Child battery aggravated battery and 2counts of neglect. He had one of hell if a lawyer. A few months back he said a plea bargin for 20yrs do 10yrs. That plea never made it to the judges hand even though I was mailed a copy of it. So it was a void contract. I'm very upset that he only has to sit for 4years and 8months. My son will live the rest of his life with a scar on his stomach. If Todd would have hurt him a centimeter lower he would have died because they wouldn't have been able to perform surgery. I am very thankful that my son survived he is now a very outgoing happy 3yr old who will start headstart next month. :)
@YorkvilleI rapist and child abusers get around fast in prison and the other inmates HATE those kind of people
@Shoebies_queen I was in tears and panic mode when I read this! From one mother to another, I am so sorry your baby boy and you had to endure this! I could not even begin to imagine. I am physically sick to my stomach just reading about it. It absolutely broke my heart for you and your baby. I am so relieved to hear that he has recovered and is doing so well now!
Thank you @sam47025 I really wish more people would actually listen to the whole story before saying stupid things. Such as the person above. I'm glad at least someone out there took the time to actually read everything that happened.