Vincent Michael Mooney
Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A live-in boyfriend is accused of beating his girlfriend’s three young children, putting all of them in the hospital.
Vincent Michael Mooney, 22, of Lawrenceburg, faces charges including Aggravated Battery, Neglect of a Dependant, and Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury on a Child Less than 14 Years of Age – all felonies. Charges were formally filed May 21.
Last November 26, Mooney’s girlfriend’s one-year-old daughter was taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for seizures and an altered mental state, according to a police affidavit filed in Dearborn Circuit Court. As the mother was in the hospital with her daughter, Mooney was in charge of watching the other two children, boys ages two years and seven months.
The two boys were brought to the hospital on November 28 by their maternal grandmother.
Doctors allegedly found a facial bruising and abrasion possibly from a cigarette lighter on the seven-month-old’s cheek. Both the one-year-old girl and the seven-month-old boy had retinal hemorrhaging, doctors told police.
Mooney and Lawrenceburg Police detectives arranged for a polygraph examination – also known as a lie detector test – on November 30, however, he did not show. He went to the Lawrenceburg Police Department a day later asking for a polygraph test, but did not stay long enough for the investigating officer to arrive.
Investigators with Lawrenceburg Police, the Dearborn County Prosecutor’s Office, and Dearborn County Special Crimes Unit met with doctors on December 4. The doctors determined that there was no other explanation for the injuries other than abuse.
Mooney was arrested June 3. He remains held in jail at the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on a bond of $2,500 cash and $75,000 surety.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for July 16.