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Man charged with murder after 1-year-old boy’s death

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis man has been arrested after the death of a 1-year-old on Friday.

Bradley Dunaway died early Friday morning after arriving Thursday at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital with what a doctor called “fatal child abuse” from a life-threatening head injury, according to the Marion County coroner and police and court documents.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said Monday that Carl Hensley, 32, was arrested in the case.

Court records indicate Hensley faces charges of murder, neglect of a dependent resulting in death, and aggravated battery. He was being held Monday without bond. An initial hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in Marion Superior Court 32.

Court documents say Bradley lived with his mother, Ashley Dunaway, and her boyfriend, Hensley, in the 7100 block of Kingswood Court. That’s at the Timber Point Apartment Homes on the city’s northeast side.

Dunaway returned home from a doctor’s appointment to bring food to Hensley, who was watching Bradley. The baby was sleeping when she returned home. When she later heard the baby fussing from another room, she found Bradley was stiff, moaning and not making eye contact with her, court documents said. She called medics who took the baby to the hospital. 

A police detective later questioned Hensley about how Bradley got injured. Hensley said he did not do “anything that was ill-intended” to his son, according to court documents, but added he may have put the baby down harder than he meant to when returning him to a Pack ‘n Play playpen.

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