Indianapolis teen faces murder charge in connection with 6-week-old son’s death

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INDIANAPOLIS – An Indianapolis teen was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of his 6-week-old son.

The Marion County Prosecutors office announced today that charges have been filed against Isaac Hicks, 19, in the death of his infant son, Zhion Hicks. Hicks has been charged with murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, and battery resulting in death to a person less than 14 years of age.

According to police, on June 6 around 10 a.m. officers were dispatched to the 2900 block of North Gale Street on a report of an unresponsive child. The child was then transported to Riley Hospital for Children where he was pronounced dead.

According to the probable cause affidavit, an autopsy performed on Zhion determined the cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma. The injuries were consistent with non-accidental injuries. The infant suffered blunt force trauma to the head. The infant was also covered in scratches and had several broken bones.

"It is more what we would call abusive head trauma and that is because there were other injuries besides to just the brain. As the probable cause indicates, the child also had fractures to the skeletal system and potential fractures to the arms and legs. This was above and beyond someone just shaking a baby," says Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Teresa Hall.

Neighbors tell FOX 59 they saw Zhion a few weeks ago and described him as healthy and happy.

"When we saw the baby, the baby was fine. He was crying and doing things a normal baby does," says neighbor Veronica Alexander.

Police say the baby's mom was home sleeping at the time of the incident and woke up to find her son in the ambulance. Neighbors were outside when Zhion's lifeless body was rushed to Riley Hospital for Children where he later died.

"Just a lot of police activity coming back and forth to the house. When the ambulance puled up they were rushing the baby out to the ambulance," says Alexander.

Adding another sickening twist to the tragedy is the search history that was found on Hicks cell phone. Prosecutors say the teen dad was researching symptoms of SIDS two days before his sons death. Then just minutes before he called 911 on June 6th, he downloaded online documents about severe brain injuries to his cell phone. Now, prosecutors are working to determine if Hicks had intent to kill his son.

After a joint investigation involving the Homicide and Child Abuse Units and a review by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, the father of the Hicks was arrested Wednesday evening.