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Sentencing underway for man charged in death of 8-month-old

Jamie Lykins Jamie Lykins
Leelan Crain and his mother, Casey Crain (Source: Family photo) Leelan Crain and his mother, Casey Crain (Source: Family photo)
SALEM, IN (WAVE) - Sentencing is underway for a southern Indiana man who plead guilty in the death of his girlfriend’s 8-month-old baby.

In May, Jamie Lykins entered a guilty plea to charges of battery and neglect in Leelan Crain's death. 

Around 7 p.m. on September 7, Indiana State Police said Leelan was found unresponsive by his mother, Casey Crain, at their Salem, IN home.

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.

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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.

Crain is scheduled to go on trial in December.

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