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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