Mother faces neglect charge

A Jackson County woman faces a neglect charge after her 18-month-old baby girl was taken to an Indianapolis hospital with a possible skull fracture this past weekend.

Megan A. McIntosh, 27, of Seymour, was arrested Tuesday afternoon as part of the investigation into the baby’s injuries that have left her hospitalized at Riley Hospital for Children since Saturday.

Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said after a bone scan was completed at Riley, doctors discovered the baby had at least two previous healing skull fractures. He said all three injuries could be a result of blunt force, possibly from an object.

McIntosh was being held Thursday morning at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown without bond on a Level 3 felony charge of neglect of a dependent. Her initial hearing in Jackson Circuit Court has yet to be set.

As part of the investigation, police went to a home in the 300 block of East Sixth Street on Tuesday. It’s the home of the baby’s father and believed to be the place where the baby was injured, Abbott said.

Abbott said officers discovered drugs at the residence, resulting in the baby’s uncle, Jason Garissom, being arrested.

The 28-year-old Seymour man was booked into the jail Thursday and faces charges of possession of methamphetamine, dealing methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. He was being held without bond Thursday pending his initial hearing.

Abbott said the combination of information from doctors about the baby’s injuries and meth use occurring in the child’s environment led to the arrest of McIntosh.

“The baby was in her care and her responsibility, and she put that child in an unsafe environment,” Abbott said.

Abbott said if police can prove McIntosh is the one who caused the injuries, then the pending charge may change.

“We’re not ruling that out yet,” he said.

Police continue to investigate the case.