Mother, boyfriend charged in connection with 2-year-old boy’s death

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Dominique Parks (left) and Diquan Williams (right)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 27, 2015)– An Indianapolis mother faces charges in connection with the death of her 2-year-old son.

According to Indianapolis Metropolitan police, Cameron Parks, 2, went to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health on October 14 with internal injuries. The boy was unconscious at the time. He died a few days later, according to police.

Dominique Parks was charged Tuesday with two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death and one count of neglect of a dependent. Diquan Williams, her boyfriend, was charged on October 19 with murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, neglect of a dependent and battery resulting in death involving a person less than 14 years of age.

Williams often babysat the boy at the home in the 1100 block of North Tuxedo Street. Williams and Parks recently had a child together.

Other children living in the home were interviewed by child crimes detectives. The children said Cameron’s bedroom was “horrible and it stinks.” One child said Williams would hit Cameron while the child’s mother “stood at the door laughing.”

According to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, Williams told investigators that “when his anger builds up he explodes” and can’t control it. Williams told police he punched the boy several times and the boy fell, striking his head on the base of a wall. He was unconscious and wasn’t checked on for some time until Parks came home.

Parks said she didn’t call an ambulance because she knew medics would ask questions about bruises on his body.

Parks’ initial court hearing will be on October 28. Williams’ pre-trial conference is set for December 16.

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