Father files claim with state in toddler's death

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The father of a 1-year-old boy killed in January has filed a claim with the state alleging the Department of Child Services failed to conduct a reasonable investigation after he reported his son was abused while in his mother's care.

The Marion County coroner ruled Jayden Noel died from "multiple blunt-force traumatic injuries to the head." Jayden's mother and her boyfriend have been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

The Indianapolis Star reports (http://indy.st/UxPVGK ) Noel called DCS last year to report his son had been abused and treated at a hospital. The Star reports DCS investigated that report, but "unsubstantiated" the allegation.

DCS spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland says the agency is reviewing the tort claim and is awaiting a formal response from the attorney general's office.

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