Indianapolis father in court for son's beating death

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An Indianapolis father accused of murdering his four-year-old son went to court Wednesday as the rest of the boy's family tries to prepare for a proper burial.

Dennis Price, 29, has been charged with murder, along with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and battery on a child resulting in death. See the charges here.

Price had his initial hearing Wednesday after his arrest Sunday for the boy's death.

Indianapolis Metro Police say the four-year-old boy, identified as Derrick Jones, was violently beaten at his home on E. 42nd St. last weekend.

Jones denies the allegations and broke down repeatedly in court Wednesday.

"I didn't kill my son," he told reporters as he headed into court.

Metro Police say Price called 911 Sunday after his son became unconscious. Paramedics arrived at the home and rushed Derrick Jones to the hospital, where he died from blunt force injuries all over his body.

Derrick Jones

Police learned from another child in the house that Price reportedly started beating his son after catching him in a lie.

Court documents show Price himself told detectives he used a belt on Derrick several days, gave him ibuprofen for swelling, then made him drink charcoal to vomit, thinking he had given him too much medicine.

Those same court documents say all this took place in front of the dead child's four-year-old sister, who was told to stay out of the bedroom.

The Marion County prosecutor has filed formal charges against Price, who is in the main jail awaiting his initial court hearing for felony battery and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

There is no word yet on where the child's mother was during the alleged beating. The boy's mother also lives in the home. She denied a request to speak on camera Wednesday.

The family issued this statement:

"We request that you respect the family's privacy as you continue to remember the Jones family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Any donation for Derick Jones' funeral may be made at any PNC Bank to The Derick Jones Memorial Fund or click here.