(Aurora, Ind.) - An Aurora couple is accused of putting off medical care for their injured twins babies.
Bobbie Sylvia, 28, and Deshawn Halsel, 36, were each arrested Thursday on three charges of Neglect of a Dependant (Class B felony), each charge related to their failure to seek immediate medical care.
The couple came under investigation by Aurora Police detectives September 15 when the twin three-month-olds were taken by their parents to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
According to a court affidavit filed by investigators, doctors advised detectives the babies had broken ribs, possibly from past physical abuse. One of the infants had brain bleeding, which doctors at the hospital said was most likely caused by shaking.
During multiple interviews with police, Sylvia and Halsel both denied abusing the children. They contended that the injuries could have been caused by their one-year-old daughter during an incident while jumping on a bed a couple weeks earlier. Sylvia told the detective that the injuries could have been caused during or prior to birth.
Sylvia and Halsel allegedly noticed one of the babies’ head beginning to swell three or four days before Sylvia’s mother discovered the swelling and urged the parents to take the child to the hospital that day, September 15. Sylvia and Halsel told detectives they had been waiting to get the child checked out at a scheduled doctor’s appointment on September 16.
The couple is currently held in the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center awaiting their initial appearance in court.