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Infant death investigation continues

Thursday, July 27, 2006



The homicide investigation continues into the death of an 11-month old infant believed to have been beaten by his mother's boyfriend early Monday morning.

At 9:50 a.m. Monday, Rick A. Shepard, 26, of Bridgeton, called 911 dispatchers to report an infant in his care (his girlfriend's son, Michael Nickols) had stopped breathing.

Emergency personnel responding to the scene revived Nickols before he was transported to St. Vincent Clay Hospital. Doctors at the facility determined the child had suffered life threatening injuries. Parke County Ambulance Service Director Terry Hensley reported the severity of Nickols' injuries to the Parke County Sheriff's Department as the child was being transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Parke County Sheriff Charles Bollinger and Sgt. Justin Salisbury began to investigate the allegations.

At 3:21 p.m. Monday, Shepard was taken into custody at Methodist Hospital on preliminary charge of battery resulting in serious bodily injury to an infant and booked into the Parke County Jail without bail.

Details about evidence collected during the performance of a search warrant at the residence, located at 8605 S. Hoosier St., Monday evening are not being made available by the sheriff's department to protect the integrity of the case.

On Tuesday, Nickols died from what appeared to be blunt force injuries at 10:58 p.m. at Methodist Hospital, according to the preliminary coroner's report.

Results from the Wednesday autopsy were not available as of press time.

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