Argument over food leads man to push his girlfriend’s 3-year old son down the stairs leaving him with major injuries

An Indiana man has been arrested on costs of battery and neglect after he admitted to pushing his girlfriend’s three-year-old son down the steps throughout an argument about meals, shaking and beating him, in accordance with courtroom data.

Antonio Austin Riviera-Manship, 24, of Muncie, on Monday was charged with eight felony counts stemming from an incident that happened on October 8.

Based on courtroom paperwork, Riviera-Manship initially advised police that his live-in girlfriend’s son had fallen down the steps whereas he was in an upstairs bed room, however he later confessed that he had pushed the toddler.

The kid was rushed to Riley Hospital for Youngsters in Indianapolis, the place medical doctors recognized him with two mind hemorrhages.

The primary mind bleed had resulted from Riviera-Manship’s repeatedly shaking the boy, whereas the second had been inflicted when he pushed him down the steps whereas taking care of him, in accordance with paperwork.

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An examination revealed that the boy additionally had bruises on his face, thighs, buttocks and scrotum.

When questioned by police, Riviera-Manship mentioned he grew to become ‘overwhelmed’ as a result of he and the boy, whom he referred to as his ‘step-son’ in a latest Fb publish, had been arguing about what ‘the kid would eat,’ in accordance with paperwork. 

Riviera-Manship then waited 13 minutes earlier than calling 911, despite the fact that he initially lied that he summoned assist inside 5 minutes of discovering the toddler laying apparently unconscious on the ground.  

A pediatrician mentioned the delay in getting the injured boy to the hospital might have made a distinction in his present situation and his prognosis.   

The three-year-old was put in a medically induced coma as a ‘last-ditch effort’ to cut back swelling in his mind. It’s doable the boy could not recuperate. 

Court docket paperwork state that Riviera-Manship revealed that over the previous two months, he had shaken his girlfriend’s son to ‘get him to hear,’ pinned him to the ground, repeatedly slapped him on the abdomen and thighs, and hit him within the scrotum to indicate him that it damage as a result of the boy had struck the person there prior to now.

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Riviera-Manship now faces two counts of neglect of a dependent leading to catastrophic damage, two counts every of aggravated battery and battery leading to bodily damage to an individual lower than 14 years of age, and one rely every of neglect of a dependent and obstruction of justice.

Riviera-Manship was beforehand arrested in January on counts of housebreaking and auto theft for allegedly breaking right into a upkeep constructing on the Academy of Mannequin Aeronautics, and stealing a van and instruments.

The suspect was apprehended after police mentioned he tried to promote the stolen items on Fb utilizing his actual identify.

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