Boone County man charged in son’s death

Booking photo shows Ronald Robbins. (Photo Provided/Boone County Sheriff's Office)
Booking photo shows Ronald Robbins. (Photo Provided/Boone County Sheriff's Office)

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Zionsville man arrested for neglect of a dependent resulting in death has now been charged.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office with help from the Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office arrested Ronald Robbins, 23, in Pittsboro, Indiana, on Sunday.

According to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation with the Indiana Department of Child Services began on Sept. 11 after a 3-month-old child was admitted to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital with severe bleeding on the brain. It was later determined by medical staff the child suffered from a “nonaccidental injury” which was “inflicted on the child.”

According to the probable cause affidavit, Robbins told investigators the baby had become fussy and would not stop crying. He said he tried many different things — feeding him, rocking him and letting him cry. But when nothing seemed to work, he took the baby to the ER.

Court documents state Robbins first reported to detectives he did nothing that would have caused the child’s injuries. After multiple interviews, Robbins said the baby was crying and very fussy. Robbins said he grabbed the child under the armpits and shook him. He said he was alone and he didn’t know “doing something like this would cause this.”

Peyton Manning physicians reported the 3-month-old’s brain was about three-fourth’s dead, or unresponsive. Due to the swelling of the brain from the injuries inflicted on the baby, medical staff felt the child would not be able to remain alive without help from a machine.

The 3-month-old boy died more than a week later, on Sept. 23.

A warrant was issued out of Boone County for Robbins, and he was arrested in Hendricks County without incident.

Robbins was taken to the Boone County Jail and is being held without bond until his initial hearing.

Prosecutors charged him with aggravated battery and neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Due to the severity of the case, both counts have been bumped up from Level 3 to Level 1 felony charges.

This is the second Boone County case regarding shaken babies this year.