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Fort Wayne court and police briefs

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 8:54 am

Couple charged with neglect after 15-month-old suffers life-threatening head injury

A Fort Wayne couple have been charged with neglect after a toddler received a severe head injury.

Gregory R. Higgins II, 27, and Angela M. Beck, 35, both of the 400 block of Elizabeth Street, are each being charged with neglect of a dependent, a Class B felony.

According to court documents filed in Allen Superior Court, the two left Beck's three children, ages 12, 10 and 15 months, home alone while they went “scrapping” from 10 p.m. May 9 to 6 a.m. May 10. When they returned Higgins took the 15-month-old upstairs to sleep on the floor next to him while he fell slept on the bed. When he awoke he found the child on the stairway landing, three carpeted steps down and on his back, unresponsive and not breathing. The child was taken to Lutheran Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in critical condition.

According to Dr. David A. Smith in the court documents, the child had had a midline shift of his brain due to swelling. The child had a head injury with a subdural hematoma to the forehead. There was also evidence of multiple injuries and different ages of his injuries. Smith said a cluster of bruises on the scalp gave the appearance that the boy had been grabbed on both sides of the head. Some of the bruises were markably newer than the others. The older injuries were not consistent with falling down the stairs. The head injury was life- threatening, and had the child not received immediate help it could have resulted in death, according to the documents.

Warrant issued for man on 8 counts of child molesting

A warrant was issued Friday for the arrest of Sean Patrick Hogan, 37, of the 2500 block of Birchwood Avenue on four counts of child molesting, Class A felonies; four counts of child molesting, Class C felonies; and one count of dissemination of matter harmful to minors, a Class D felony.

According to court documents filed in Allen Superior Court the molestation took place between June 15 2004 and May 2013. Starting at age five Hogan is alleged to have molested the girl while baby-sitting. Hogan knew the girl's mother. He would tie her up and tell her if she could get free she could do anything to him she wanted to and if she couldn't he could do anything to her wanted. The girl said she could never get untied. The relationship broke off for a short time when the girl moved out of state with her mother but she came back to live with her father and Hogan picked up where he had left off, threatening her by saying he would burn down her father's house if she told him, according to the documents.

The girl told her middle school guidance counselor, who reported it to the Fort Wayne Police Department. Hogan denied the relationship saying it was like that of a father to his daughter. Bail has been set at $2,500.

High-speed motorcycle pursuit stopped by shrubbery

A police pursuit of a motorcycle ended in the bushes Sunday.

According to a report from the Fort Wayne Police Department an officer saw a motorcycle with a male driver and female passenger bobbing, weaving and loudly revving its engine while traveling eastbound on Baker Street. The officer decided to stop them and pursued the vehicle. The driver didn't pull over, and at the dead end of the 400 block of Calhoun Street he drove onto the sidewalk and veered toward a walking path. But the path was barricaded by a fence. The motorcycle swerved back to the north but was up against a bush. The bike came to a stop, partly in the bush; the driver then dropped the motorcycle and ran. The passenger fell to the ground. The officer gave chase, got the driver to drop to the ground and handcuffed, as was the woman passenger.

The pursuit covered seven-tenths of a mile and the motorcycle traveled at speeds of 50-60 miles an hour.

Couple robbed by three men at Candlelight

A couple was robbed by three men at gunpoint Saturday at Candlelight Apartments.

According to a report from the Fort Wayne Police Department a man and woman were sitting on a patio when they were approached by a man who said he was working on a research paper for Ivy Tech and would like to discuss it in their house. The man told the subject no, at which point the stranger pulled a gun from his pocket and two armed men in masks came around the corner of the building. The gunman told the two victims that they were going into the apartment and they would take what they want. The two men in masks took the woman inside while the other man argued with the male victim outside. When the woman went in the apartment with the men she told them they had no money and they were getting evicted from their apartment. The couple's dogs were barking and one of the men threatened to shoot the dogs. The woman heard one assailant say the neighbors were coming, so she held the door open and they left the apartment. Witness accounts were slightly conflicting but it is believed that a small gold car, possibly a Malibu, might have been used for the men to get away. One on the men was seen running down the Greenway by children playing at the park.

Woman and grandchildren victims in home invasion

A woman and her grandchildren were the victims of a forced entry and robbery early Sunday evening.

According to a report from the Fort Wayne Police Department at around 6:30 p.m. two young men with handguns forced their way into the woman's home and said they were part of the Fort Wayne Police Department conducting a raid. The children were told to lay on the floor in the living room. The woman refused to comply and told the men she was handicapped and couldn't get on the floor. The men ransacked the back room and took a flip cell phone. The woman said she waited a while to call the police because she thought the men might still be in the back room.