Baby dies from blow to stomach; father arrested

Crime

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WANE) — A New Haven man has been arrested in the death of his infant daughter last week.

“After speaking with the father, we did learn that he would have been the only person with the victim during the time of injury,” said Detective Kevin Hamrick of the New Haven Police Department. “So after speaking with the Allen County Prosecutor’s office, we determined that we had enough evidence to go ahead and file charges.”

Michael T. Allen

It was just after 1 a.m. Thursday when New Haven Police were called to Lutheran Hospital on a report of an unconscious 17-month-old. The infant’s father – Michael T. Allen – told police he took her to a Fort Wayne fire station from his home in the 6000 block of Moeller Road, inside the Cedarwood Trails mobile home park, off Moeller Road and Adams Center Road, after he found her unresponsive.

The child was then taken to the hospital, where she died a short time after arriving.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Allen told police that the infant had been vomiting for the past few weeks and had been struggling to keep food down that day. When he put her to bed, he noticed that she had soiled herself and changed her diaper. Shortly after he said he noticed that she soiled herself again and had thrown up. Allen said he then noticed that she was not breathing normally and was “limp like she was dead.” He began to panic and drove to the fire station for help.

A home at 6008 Moller Road Lot 16 is shown on Monday, March 1, 2021.

In an interview with police, the infant’s mother Kayla Vachon, said that when she left for work that day Kaivonni was “normal.” Around 9:30 p.m. she received a text from Allen that said Kaivonni was okay, according to the affidavit. About two and a half hours later she noticed that she had several missed called from Allen. When she called him back, she learned that Kaivonni had died.

According to a report from the Allen County Coroner’s Office, an autopsy found young Kaivonni Lynn Vachon died of Blunt Force Injuries of Abdomen. Her death was ruled a homicide.

In the probable cause affidavit, the doctor who performed the autopsy reported that this injury could not have been caused by accident as it would take “a serious and direct force such as a punch to the stomach.”

Allen, 31, was arrested Thursday and charged Monday with Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Death and Aggravated Battery.

He’s set to be arraigned in Allen Superior Court later Monday.

The incident remains under investigation by the New Haven Police Department, Allen County
Prosecutor’s Office and Allen County Coroner’s Office.

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