A foster caregiver from Gary was accused of abusing a three-year-old boy in her care.
In September, a supervisor at Northstar Services LLC in Merrillville noticed excessive bruising on the boy’s buttocks and abrasions on his back while helping him go to the bathroom during a supervised visit with his biological mother.
The boy was taken to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point for examination, where medical professionals concluded that his injuries were the result of child abuse. Indiana Department of Child Services were called in to investigate.
The accused foster caregiver, Gloria Jones, 69, told Gary Police that the boy’s injuries were the result of an allergic reaction to a new laundry detergent she was using.
Jones was charged Wednesday with neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury and domestic battery resulting in bodily injury, both Level 5 felonies. She was not in custody as of Thursday. Her bail is set at $20,000.