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Father charged in Gibson Co. baby's death

The Gibson County Sheriff's Office says a father is wanted on charges in his baby's death. 

Kwin Boes is charged with aggravated battery with the victim under the age of 18 and neglect of a dependent resulting in death. The sheriff's office says 3-month-old Parker Boes died earlier this month.

The sheriff's office says it received a call on May 3, to assist with an unconscious infant in the 300 block of E. Vine St. in Patoka. Parkerwas taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville. The medical staff advised he had signs of bleeding to the brain.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the child's mother told authorities she had left that morning to take her other child to school and left Parker with her boyfriend, Kwin Boes, who is also the child's biological father.

The affidavit says Boes was interviewed later that evening and initially said he did not know what happened to Parker. He said the child started breathing abnormally while he was in a "boppy pillow" on a couch. Boes said he picked up the child who was limp and cold. Boes then called the mother. 

During the interview, Boes said he spent the night at his girlfriend's home after getting off work. He said he fed the child formula, and the child cried afterward so he gave him some water in the bottle. Boes said he fell asleep after giving the child water, and that he awoke to the sound of the child crying while laying on the floor.

Boes said when he tried to pick the child up, the child stopped crying, was breathing abnormally and was limp. Boes said he believe the baby fell off the couch and hit his head on the coffee table.

Parker was transferred from St. Vincent to Riley's Children's Hospital in Indianapolis. On May 4, medical personnel said Parker suffered from hemorrhage to the brain, hemorrhage to both eyes, and bruising to the left side of the penis.

The assessment by the staff of Riley's Hospital indicated the fall described by Kwin Boes was not consistent with the baby's development capabilities and would not be expected to cause the injuries to his brain.

Parker died at Riley's Hospital on May 6. Futher tests by the staff indicated a ligament strain to his neck. The doctor's findings indicated Parker's injuries were more consistent with abusive head trauma.

An autopsy conducted by the Marion County Coroner's Office indicated the cause of death to be blunt force trauma injuries of the head, and a manner of death of homicide.

The Gibson County Sheriff's Office says Boes is described as a white male who stands 5'11" and weighs 135 pounds.

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(This story was originally published on May 10, 2018)


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