Couple arrested for child's death could face more charges

Dontrell Mcclung (Photo: Richard Fear)
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The couple charged with the death of 16-month-old Dontrell McClung could face more serious charges.

Eyewitness News learned Tuesday that the evidence gathered from the crime scene and autopsy results do not match up with how the couple claim the toddler died.

Nineteen-year-old Kira Fear and 21-year-old Tyree Resnover appeared in court for the first time. They are both charged with neglect of a dependent causing death. According to investigators, they failed to get Dontrell timely medical care for his injuries.

Both told investigators the child fell down the stairs and sustained a concussion. But the coroner ruled Dontrell's death a homicide. Eyewitness News asked Chief Trial Deputy Prosecutor Ryan Mears why murder charges haven't been filed.

"This is by no means a case where the investigation is over," Mears said. "We are going to continue to look into this."

According to court records, investigators found blood-stained clothing and carpeting inside the Glendale-area home. Resnover's cell phone was used to search for information about concussions. The autopsy revealed the boy was badly bruised and his skull was fractured.

"The injuries were from child abuse and not from falling down the stairs," pathologist Dr. John Cavanaugh told investigators. "The trauma to the head was a single rage incident."

Investigators are working to determine who is responsible.

"A lot of the time in child neglect cases, it become an issue of who was the person who inflicted the injury," Mears explained.

While waiting to speak with detectives, Fear was heard saying to herself, "I want my mommy, hold my baby, see my boyfriend."

Relatives and friends of both Fear and Resnover filled the courtroom. Afterward, they left quietly, not wanting to speak about the loss of a loved one.

When detectives told Fear and Resnover about the differences in their descriptions of what happened and the coroner's findings, they say both stopped answering questions and asked for attorneys.

Fear is in jail on a $100,000 bond. Resnover's bond is set at $200,000. Their trials are scheduled for May.