Update: Milburn was sentenced to three years of home detention in May 2017.
RUSSIAVILLE, Ind. (March 1, 2016)– A man is under arrest after police say he “scalped” a 3-year-old girl.
Police say Noel Maxwell, the child’s mother and suspect’s girlfriend, discovered swelling on the side of the child’s head on Feb. 23 and took the 3-year-old girl to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Frankfort. The child was later transported to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
Child Protective Services notified the Howard County Sheriff’s Department of the incident. The suspect, Andrew J. Milburn, was present at the hospital.
According to police, Maxwell said she was asleep the night of Feb. 23 when Milburn and the girl returned from visiting Milburn’s parents in Russiaville.
When Maxwell went to check on the child after waking up, she found extensive swelling on the side of the girl’s head.
Milburn told his girlfriend the girl must have fallen from a chair at his parents’ home.
Doctors at Riley Hospital found that the injuries were not consistent with a fall. They described it as a “scalping” injury, police said.
Scalping is when the scalp is forcibly removed from the skull, causing internal bleeding. The blood settles around the skull, causing extensive bruising and swelling.
Police say their investigation revealed Milburn had struck the girl multiple times on the head, and pulled her hair while at the Russiaville home.
Milburn was taken into custody Tuesday on a preliminary charge of battery resulting in serious bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age. He is being held on a $25,000 bond.