Dad charged in beating death of 4-year-old son

Dennis Price (Provided Photo/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis man has been charged with murder after he admitted to repeatedly beating his 4-year-old son, leading to his death over the weekend.

Police were called to a home in the 900 block of East 42nd Street shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday. A man called police saying his child took pills, was unconscious and not breathing. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he died.

Court documents state the child suffered what appeared to be a number of blunt force traumatic injuries over his entire body.

Detectives spoke with the child’s father, 29-year-old Dennis Price, who made the initial call to police. He told police that over the past few days, he “repeatedly whipped with a black belt and punched his son about the body and head to the point where he eventually began acting differently, lost consciousness and ultimately died,” court documents state.

Price told detectives he gave the child Ibuprofen to reduce the swelling he suffered after being punched and whipped and that he waited 10 or 15 minutes before calling 911. He also admitted to police that he tried to get the child to vomit by putting a charcoal briquette in a cup of water because he said he had overdosed on the Ibuprofen.

Detectives went back to the home and recovered a bottle of Ibuprofen and three belts. Child detectives also spoke with Price’s 4-year-old daughter who witnessed the beating.

Price has been charged with murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, and battery resulting in death of a person less than 14 years of age.

At this time the family has requested privacy in this difficult time. However, they ask that any donations for the funeral by made at any PNC Bank to The Derick Jones Memorial Fund or by searching Remembering Derick Jones on GoFundMe.

The wake will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday followed by the funeral at 12 p.m. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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