Bloomington, Indiana – A 12 year old boy faces what would be felony battery charges for an adult stemming from an incident in which an 8-year-old sustained serious head injuries at Bloomington’s Meadows Hospital this week.
According to a Bloomington police report filed in the case, an administrator at the hospital, which treats children who have mental health and behavioral challenges, the boys were playing basketball in a gymnasium Monday when they got into an argument. The younger boy reportedly left the gym to tell a staff member and when he returned, the older boy allegedly picked him up and threw him to the floor head first.
The 8-year-old, who is from Columbus, was taken to IU Health Bloomington Hospital, then transferred to IU Health Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. The boy’s father told a detective the child had emergency surgery for bleeding on his brain and had been placed in a medically induced coma.
The 12-year-old, who is from Fort Wayne, was transported to a juvenile detention facility in Vincennes. He faces preliminary charges, in juvenile court, of aggravated battery and battery resulting in serious injury.