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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – An Indiana couple is accused of neglect after their 2-month-old baby was hospitalized with brain damage and broken bones, authorities said.

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Ifrica Assata Almalik, 24, of Noblesville, and Herman James Bland III, 35, of Indianapolis, were arrested Wednesday and charged with neglect resulting in catastrophic injury, according to Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office online booking records.

According to court documents, the couple called an ambulance for the child on Oct. 22, 2021, after he displayed seizure-like symptoms, WTHR-TV reported. The child was taken to a hospital in Indianapolis and underwent emergency surgery for a brain bleed, according to the television station.

According to court documents, doctors believed the condition could have been the result of shaken baby syndrome.

Two days later, further testing revealed the baby had a broken wrist and three broken ribs that were already beginning to heal, WXIN-TV reported. Other injuries included bleeding into the lining of the brain, bleeding in the back of the eyes, and bruising to the right eyeball, according to the television station.

The Department of Child Services had been alerted to the case on Oct. 23 after the child went into surgery, WTHR reported.

Almalik told a physician at the hospital that she was nursing the infant on Oct. 22 around 9 p.m. when he suddenly pulled away, and she noticed his right leg and right arm were making jerking movements, WTHR reported. Bland told the physician he was working when this happened, but both Almalik and he decided to call 911.

“Given the developmental stage and age of this infant, he could not have caused the above injuries himself. The above-noted injuries are not consistent with those expected at birth,” the physician said in court documents. “The above-noted injuries were life-threatening and have resulted in brain damage expected to cause some permanent neurological disability. The above-noted injuries are consistent with severe physical child abuse in the form of abusive head trauma.”

When questioned, both parents denied knowledge of any incident that could have caused harm to their child, police said. According to court documents, Almalik and Bland stated they noticed the child was very fussy and cried excessively for the first two weeks after bringing him home, but then his behavior suddenly changed, WXIN reported.

They added that they noticed a red spot on the child’s right eye when he was about five weeks old, court documents state.

The parents claimed that when they mentioned their concerns to the child’s pediatrician, they were told the baby was in good health, WXIN reported.

When police obtained the child’s 109 pages of medical records from his pediatrician, there was no mention of any of these concerns, according to court documents.

Police obtained a search warrant for Almalik’s cellphone and discovered that she searched on the internet for the topic, “can a kick to the head cause a hematoma in a newborn” and “how much force does it take to cause shaken baby syndrome?” on Nov. 29, WTHR reported. On Dec. 10 she searched “how do you know if a person is guilty of baby shaken syndrome,” according to court documents.

Almalik and Bland were arrested, and bail was set at $150,000 for each, online records show.