Mom, boyfriend charged in toddler’s murder

Diamond Miller and Frank Larkins. (Provided Photo/IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A mother and her boyfriend have been arrested and charged after a 1-year-old child died and had signs of injuries.

Diamond Miller, 19, was charged with neglect resulting in death and neglect resulting in bodily injury. Her boyfriend, 26-year-old Frank Larkins III, was charged with murder, aggravated battery, battery resulting in death of a person less than 14 years old, neglect resulting in death and battery on a person less than 14 years old.

Court documents indicate the child’s biological father had confronted Larkins and Miller in the past about Larkins “putting his hands on my son.”

Elijah Polk was found dead in October at his home in the 2700 block of Barbary Lane. When emergency crews arrived, Elijah had been dead for some time, according to court documents. Doctors who evaluated him said he suffered a crushing blow to the abdomen, the type of which “would be clearly recognizable as dangerous.” If he’d been taken to the hospital at the time it happened, doctors said he could have survived.

Doctors also found evidence that Elijah had been injured before.

Investigators believe Larkins is the one who caused Elijah’s injuries, and that Miller didn’t get him the medical attention he needed.

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