Police arrest man for abusing 1-month-old son

(Provided photo/Muncie Police Department)

MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) – A Delaware County father is in jail facing charges of child abuse.

Muncie police told 24-Hour News 8 that Daniel Strunk lost parental rights to his two older children before and he could lose those rights again.

“He’s one of those that should never be around children,” said Muncie Police  Sgt. Linda Cook.

Strunk, 27, admitted to Munice police he’s getting counseling for anger issues, but what police said he did last Friday night to his 1-month-old son is far from making a change.

“I think he was more concerned about himself than the welfare of this child,” Sgt. Cook said.

Sgt. Cook said Strunk was left to care for his 7-week-old son and a 5-year-old inside this home on West Jackson Street. Police said the children’s mother returned home to find the baby in severe pain.

“She had some concerns because it wasn’t eating, it was vomiting and when it moved its left leg, it cried a lot,” Sgt. Cook said.

Police said it was a day later when the mother took the baby boy to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Doctors  performed a CT head scan and skeletal survey and found a fracture to his left tibia. They also discovered the boy had prior injuries to three of his ribs.

“The explanation given by the mother was that she sat on the baby’s leg while it was lying on the couch about a week ago,” said Sgt. Cook.

But police knew that wasn’t the case. They interviewed the boy’s mom first, then his father.

“He kept saying he didn’t know how the leg was broken, but we know that he had some problems with dealing with children and (disciplining) them,” said Sgt. Cook.

Police said the mother wasn’t charged, but she knew her children were put in danger.

“I think she was under the impression that he would never hurt this child, but the things that she told us, I was very concerned what she left him with him,” said Sgt. Cook.

Strunk is facing a charge of battery on a child under 14 and two charges of neglect of a dependent. The children are OK and have been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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