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.