NOBLESVILLE -- A Noblesville man now faces more serious charges in connection to the death of his girlfriend's infant son.
Aaron T. Spears, 31, was charged this afternoon with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and battery resulting in death, both Class A felonies, and reckless homicide, a Class C felony.
He was arrested Monday on lesser charges, but the severity of charges increased after the infant, 8-month-old Carter L. McCord, died Tuesday at Riley Hospital for Children.
A Riley doctor who cared for Carter said he suffered from multiple head injuries, bilateral retinal hemorrhages and a bruise on his cheek, according to a probable cause affidavit. He was on a ventilator for two days before he died.
Carter sustained the injuries Sunday while Spears was watching him, according to the affidavit. Carter's mother, Samantha McCord, was at work.
Spears told police that he put Carter on a sofa, gave him a bottle and left the living room to get a drink. He heard Carter crying and picked him up "grabbing him under the arms, and forcefully pulling the baby toward him so hard that Carter's head impacted (Spears') shoulder and snapped back," according to the affidavit. Spears felt him go limp. Spears "then began forcefully bouncing Carter up and down while holding him with one hand," he told police, according to the affidavit.
Spears called 911 shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday to report Carter was not breathing and unresponsive. Carter was taken by ambulance to Riverview Hospital and was later transferred to Riley.
Spears is being held at the Hamilton County Jail. The court agreed today to increase his bail to $250,000 from $100,000. His trial is set for Oct. 5. Spears told the court he has not yet hired an attorney.Services for Carter will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Randall & Roberts in Fishers. Calling will begin at 1 p.m.