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Suspect in death of infant makes court appearance

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Jamie Lykins being returned to jail following his initial court appearance. Jamie Lykins being returned to jail following his initial court appearance.
Leelan Crain and his mother, Casey Crain (Source: Family photo) Leelan Crain and his mother, Casey Crain (Source: Family photo)

SALEM, IN (WAVE) - The man accused of killing the eight month old son of his girlfriend came before a judge in Washington County, Indiana Wednesday morning. Jamie Lykins didn't say anything to WAVE 3 News when he walked into the courtroom.

Around 7 p.m. on September 7, Indiana State Police said Leelan Crain was found unresponsive by his mother, Casey Crain, at their Salem, IN home. The infant was thought to be taking a nap. 

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WAVE 3 News obtained court documents that reveal disturbing details to what allegedly lead to Leelan's death. On Saturday, Casey Crain told authorities that Leelan was crying and that Lykins was angry and took him into a bedroom for a nap and turned the music on high volume.

Crain told police that she heard Leelan crying for 45 minutes and then silence, assuming he had fallen asleep. Police say Crain later went to check on her son and found him severely bruised, not breathing properly and semiconscious. Crain then told police that they called a friend so they could take Leelan to a Salem hospital.

Court documents show that Lykins told the friend that he didn't want to go the hospital because he knew police and child services would be involved. The probable cause affidavit says Lykins admitted to another friend who was supposed to babysit Leelan that day that "We have a problem. I beat the f*** out of baby LeeLee." 

Police say that Lykins told them that Leelan had fallen from the bed. Leelan was airlifted to Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville where he died. A preliminary autopsy showed that Leelan suffered blunt force trauma to the head.

On September 9, police arrested Lykins at convenience store on State Road 56 in Salem. Lykins is charged with neglect of a dependent and battery causing death. A judge entered a not guilty plea for Lykins. He will back in court on November 14.

As Lykins was appearing in court, family and friends came together on Wednesday for Leelan's visitation and funeral.

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