COLUMBUS, Ind.—The mother of a 19-month-old boy was arrested last Friday after her toddler was found unresponsive in his crib last November.
Rachel McCue, 22, and her roommate, 30-year-old Thomas Gorski, were preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death, a Class A felony, and neglect of a dependent, a Class C felony.
In late November, an investigator with the Columbus Police Department arrived to the pair’s Candlelight Village mobile park home after a 911 call was received indicating the child was not breathing. When officers arrived, they found the toddler, Evan McCue, unresponsive with “numerous bruises” on him.
According to a 16-page affidavit, the baby was left in the care of Gorski while McCue worked overnight. McCue told authorities that it was not uncommon for Evan to be asleep during the day because he was adjusting to her work schedule. She told authorities she checked on Evan periodically throughout the day. She said it was not until she placed the 911 call around 8 p.m. that she noticed her son was not breathing.
Neither McCue nor Gorski could provide an explanation as to how Evan died, according to investigators. McCue allegedly told authorities that Evan sustained bruises on his body because he “rolled out of his bed, had jumped out of the bathtub and had been bitten by Gorski’s 3-year-old son.”
During interviews with authorities, both McCue and Groski allegedly admitted to using drugs. According to the affidavit, the pair smoked Fentanyl-laced marijuana the evening before Evan was discovered deceased.
According to court documents, Evan sustained a lethal injury behind his left ear. A doctor told authorities that Evan could have lived if he received timely medical attention.