Police: Father admits throwing newborn across room


A Johnson County man is in jail for reportedly throwing his newborn daughter because she wouldn't stop crying.

Bradley Eddleman, 23, is charged with one count of aggravated battery and one count of child neglect. He is currently being housed in the Johnson County Jail.

Court documents released to Fox59 state that Eddleman was watching after his 5-week-old daughter, Riley, at their Edinburgh home while his wife and son ran errands.

Eddleman told police as he was picking Riley up out of her car seat, she slipped out of his hands and fell two feet onto the car seat handle.

Eddleman said Riley began to cry and would not stop. Sometime after that, police said, a frustrated Eddelman threw Riley across the living room to the couch, hitting her head on a wooden arm rest.

The mother returned home and noticed an injury to Riley's head. The child was taken to a Columbus hospital where she was then air lifted to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. There, Riley was diagnosed with a skull fracture and several other injuries to her body.

After a long interview with police, Eddleman admitted to throwing his daughter causing the injuries.

Court document also state that Eddleman had recently lost his job. Johnson County Deputy Prosecutor Doug Cummins said that is no excuse.

"In these trying economic times with all the added stresses, kids are an outlet which is unfortunate. The best thing that we can do is try to hold people responsible when they do commit crimes.  We will do everything we can to make sure he (Eddleman) is held accountable for his actions," said Cummins.

Eddleman had also been discharged from the Marines within the last year and had served in the Middle East. A family member told Fox59 News that Eddleman had been depressed and he may have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, but has not been officially diagnosed.

Riley was released from the hospital after a few days and is now with her mother. It is not known if Riley will suffer any permanent injuries.

Eddleman is being held on a $28,000 dollar cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in court in December.


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