Posted on May 21, 2009A 53-year-old former Liberty Township day care center owner has been charged with battery that resulted in the death of a 6-month-old boy last year. The Chesterton, Indiana, resident, Deborah Parlock, faces felony charges for the alleged incident of child abuse, and a doctor who treated the child affirms that then 6-month-old Nicholas Munden died from injuries sustained under Parlock's care. According to court documents, the physician, Dr. Kelley Staley of Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago, said that the young child suffered a traumatic brain injury that typically indicates having been shaken by a caregiver. According to the autopsy, little Munden's death was a homicide, and he suffered "blunt head trauma" due to abuse. Parlock, however, denies having shaken or injured the baby and says that he suddently experienced difficulty breathing while under her care.
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