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Indianapolis man arrested for abuse in 4-month-old boy's death

A child, who was reportedly choking, was unresponsive when medics arrived and later died. Investigators say the child suffered from "abusive head trauma."
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INDIANAPOLIS — A man is behind bars for allegedly physically abusing a 4-month-old boy that died Sunday.

First responders were called to the near south side of Indianapolis just before 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 27 on a report of a child choking. 

When they arrived at the address in the 2900 block of South Pennsylvania Street, they found an unresponsive child. Firefighters on the scene started CPR on the child until medics arrived. 

Jaxon Thompson was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition and later died from his injuries. 

IMPD child abuse detectives investigated the incident and learned Thompson suffered from "abusive head trauma," according to IMPD. This led detectives to arrest Brandon Herring, 22, for his alleged role in this incident. 

Herring was charged Tuesday with aggravated battery of a person younger than 18 years of age. 

Thompson's cause of death is still pending an autopsy from the Marion County Coroner's Office.

Police ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Daniel Henson at the IMPD Child Abuse Office at 317-327-3330 or email him at Daniel.Henson@indy.gov.

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