FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The father responsible for multiple injuries to his infant son that required brain surgery was sentenced to 10 years in prison by an Allen County judge on Friday.
Andrei J. Blakesley was arrested on battery and neglect charges back in June after the baby boy was hospitalized. The baby was vomiting uncontrollably and had several other injuries to his head when Blakesley and the infant’s mother took him to the hospital. It was there doctors determined the baby had two hemorrhages in his brain.
The hospital contacted the Department of Child Services, which in turn contacted the Fort Wayne Police Department. An officer determined that the baby had been left alone with Blakesley on June 3 and called him in to be interviewed.
Police say Blakesley changed his story a few times, saying he had left the baby with a bottle on the couch and came back 15 minutes later to see bruises on the baby’s face. At one point, according to court documents, Blakesley said he had dropped the 3-month-old after tripping over his 20-month-old son. He then said that he had begun to drop his son, but then tried to drop him forward onto the couch.
The officer ran the scenarios Blakesley had described by a doctor at the hospital. The doctor said the injuries demonstrated a “pattern of abuse” rather than a one-time incident.
The doctor said there was a very good chance the baby would be blind or partially blind due to the retinal hemorrhages. The infant could also develop severe development issues such as Cerebral Palsy, but the extent of the brain injuries wouldn’t become completely apparent for a number of years.
Blakesley was arrested on June 11 and in November pleaded guilty to felony battery and neglect of a dependent resulting in serious bodily injury.