A former Porter
County Sheriff’s Police officer has been charged in connection with injuries
sustained by his infant son last year, the PCSP said.
Curtis R. Jones,
47, of Crown Point has been charged with battery resulting in serious bodily
injury to a person younger than 14; aggravated battery; and neglect of a
dependent, the PCSP said.
All counts are
Level 3 felonies punishable by a term of three to 16 years.
According to the
PCSP, the charges were filed in connection with an incident on July 24,
2016, at Jones’ residence in rural Porter Township, which resulted in Jones’
then 7-month-old son being transported to a Hobart hospital and then to
Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago after showing “signs of neurological
damage and swelling of the brain.”
“During the course
of this extensive investigation and with medical examinations performed by
the doctors at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, accidental head trauma
and preexisting medical conditions were ruled out,” the PCSP said.
Jones was taken
into custody without incident on Friday at his girlfriend’s residence in
Mokena, Ill., by Mokena Police officers. He is currently awaiting
extradition to Porter County at the Will County, Ill., Jail.
Jones was a former
Porter County Sheriff’s officer hired in 1996 by then Sheriff Larry
Dembinski. He “resigned for undisclosed reasons in 2005 during Sheriff David
Reynolds’ second term,” the PCSP said.