Infant Air Lifted to Riley Hospital, Linton Man Arrested on Battery, Neglect of Dependent Charges

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Infant Air Lifted to Riley Hospital, Linton Man Arrested on Battery, Neglect of Dependent Charges


Linton – (Greene County) After being contacted by the Department of Child Services, Detectives with the Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division at the Bloomington Post began an inquiry related to severe injuries sustained to a nine month old infant in Greene County.


On Sunday of this past week (08/27), Caela Welch (9 mos. old) was taken to the Greene County Hospital, unresponsive and having seizures. Due to the severity of her injuries, Caela was air-lifted to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis and the medical staff contacted the Department of Child Services for a review.


Testing at Riley Hospital discovered that Caela had multiple skull fractures which her Doctor described as a “cracked egg shell”, along with multiple brain bleeds. The worst of the bleeds was to the back of her skull where there was one on each side of her head along with swelling in the same areas.  


Caela also had several healing rib fractures. There were injuries to the lower part of her collar bone that were described by her doctor as “non-accidental”.


Caela also had a fracture to her left ankle that was described as a “classic jerk & yank” abuse fracture.


Testing had ruled out any medical cause for Caela’s injuries.


Investigators learned from Caela’s father Tosumba Welch, 19 of Linton, that he had squeezed Caela before and had also punched her in the head since she was four or five months old. Welch told detectives he would strike Caela in the back of the skull or on the sides of her head to make her stop crying. 

On 08/31/2017 Tosumba Welch was arrested and lodged at the Greene County Jail.


ARRESTED - Tosumba Welch, 19 of Linton.


CHARGES – 1) Domestic Battery, a Level 3 Felony (3 Counts)


                        2) Neglect of a Dependent, a Level 3 Felony


Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.






PHOTO - Tosumba Welch

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