Charges filed in death of East Chicago infant

2011-07-06T16:30:00Z 2011-07-06T22:45:07Z Charges filed in death of East Chicago infantBy Times Staff
July 06, 2011 4:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The 23-year-old boyfriend of an East Chicago woman faces battery and neglect charges related to the death of the woman's 2-month-old daughter, McKenzie Smalley.

Police were called June 25 to St. Catherine Hospital, where the child died while being stabilized for transport to the University of Chicago Children's Hospital.

The child's 20-year-old mother told medics she was asleep in her apartment in the 5000 block of Magoun Avenue when her boyfriend, Michael Ivy, woke her to tell her the baby wasn't breathing.

During a third interview with police, Ivy admitted to to becoming angry when the baby wouldn't stop crying while he was trying to smoke some "gas station weed."

Ivy told police he placed his right knee hard in the baby's stomach, causing the child to defecate and gasp for air, the probable cause affidavit states.

Seeing the baby gasping and her eyes rolling back in her head, Ivy told police he performed CPR on the child, changed her diaper and placed her in a bouncer before going into a bedroom to continue smoking his blunt, the affidavit states.

After 20 to 30 minutes, Ivy noticed the baby not breathing, took her from the bouncer and began shaking her "very hard," the affidavit states. He again performed CPR, but the baby remained unresponsive.

Ivy also admitted to breaking the baby's ribs in recent weeks by diving onto the bed when he didn't know she was on the bed, the affidavit states.

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