formally filed Thursday against a Valparaiso man accused of causing the
death of a 2-year-old Chesterton boy in July, Chesterton Police said.
Felix Richard Duron,
27, whose listed address is 380 Clearcreek Road in Valparaiso, has been
charged with a Neglect of Dependent, a Level 1 felony punishable by a term
of 20 to 50 years, and Battery, a Level 2 felony punishable by a term of 10
to 30 years.
According to the
probable cause affidavit by Chesterton Police Det. Charles Rinker, Duron
told police that on July 18 he found 2-year-old Bently Mihal lying
unconscious in the backyard of a residence in the 1000 block of Woodlawn
Ave. by a trampoline. Duron advised then that he thought the child had
fallen by either climbing or jumping on the trampoline.
The boy was
airlifted to University of Chicago Medicine Comer’s Children where he died
on July 20 with signs of bilateral hemorrhage indicative of a traumatic
The affidavit said
that police spoke again with Duron on July 30 who then changed his story
saying he pulled the boy by the arm over a child gate and pushed him down
the hallway to use the toilet. Police said that Duron advised that the boy
“tripped down the eight-inch step” and “struck his head” multiple times on
the floor and a wooden shelf. He then told police he carried the boy 20
minutes trying to revive him before calling 911, police said.
continued their investigation through September, Duron was brought to the
Valparaiso Police Station on Sept. 23 and stated that he was awakened on
July 18 by the sound of the boy crying, police said. Duron advised he walked
the boy to the bathroom and the boy fell at the step, police said.
Police said that
Duron stated that “in a state of extreme anger and resentment” he picked the
boy up to his chest level and shook the boy “like he would shake man.”
He advised he sat
the boy down on the living room couch unresponsive and made up the story
about the trampoline, police said.
Duron was booked
into the Porter County Jail on Tuesday.