Chesterton Tribune



Charges against Valpo man in death of Chesterton boy

Back To Front Page


Charges were 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 injury.

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.

After police 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.



Posted 9/26/2014




Search This Site:

Custom Search