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Trafalgar man convicted in baby daughter's death

A jury found Richard Osowski guilty of battery and neglect of a dependent causing death in the 2020 incident.

DANVILLE, Ind. — A Hendricks County jury found a Trafalgar man responsible for his 4-month-old daughter's death in January 2020.

Richard Osowski, 31, was living in Danville when his 4-month-old daughter died at Riley Hospital after she was brought to Hendricks Regional Health on Jan. 11, 2020, showing signs of a head injury.

The Marion County Coroner's Office said the child's injuries were caused by blunt force trauma to the head and spine, and ruled her death a homicide in September 2020.

After an investigation by Danville police, the Hendricks County Prosecutor's Office filed two battery charges and a neglect charge causing death against Osowski.

The jury returned their verdict on Wednesday, the first day of Osowski's trial, convicting him of aggravated battery, battery resulting in bodily injury and neglect of a dependent causing death.

"Our department is deeply saddened by the death of this defenseless four-month-old baby girl," Danville police said in a statement when Osowski was arrested on March 10, 2021. "Our dedicated staff have worked tirelessly since the moment this call came in to bring justice for this heinous crime. Our investigation included a large amount of executed search warrants, countless interviews, a large amount of medical evidence and an unwavering resolve by everyone within our department to make sure this girl’s horrible death was solved." 

Sentencing is scheduled for March 23 at 2 p.m.

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