INDIANAPOLIS (March 6, 2015) – Prosecutors will pursue a life sentence without parole for a man charged with murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl.
Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry made the announcement Friday. Freddie Bailey is charged with murder and neglect of a dependent resulting in death after 3-year-old Amabel Calderon died in December 2014. Bailey is also charged with battery for injuries suffered by the girl’s 5-year-old brother and 1-year-old sister.
Court documents said Amabel suffered a number of injuries—including a head injury, retinal hemorrhages and bruises—that were consistent with being violently hit against a wall. Many of her bruises were consistent with bite marks, investigators said. According to the probable cause affidavit, Bailey told detectives that he bit the girl and picked her up using his teeth on at least one occasion. He told FOX59 he was disciplining the girl at her mother’s request. He said he put her in the corner, but she wouldn’t stay.
“The first time I got up and I pushed her head back and then I sat there drinking and then she kept doing it and I kept pushing her head back into the corner. I didn’t think I was hurting her ‘cause she wasn’t crying like that,” Bailey said back in December.
Bailey was the boyfriend of the children’s mother, Maria Calderon. She’s charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death and two counts of a dependent resulting in bodily injury.
In their request for a life sentence without parole, prosecutors said the aggravating circumstances are that Bailey burned, mutilated or tortured the victim while she was alive and that the victim was under the age of 12.