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2 charged with child neglect; 1 case led to boy’s death

Felony count filed against city mother, 22

Two Fort Wayne residents are charged with neglecting children in their care, one of whom died, in a pair of unrelated cases filed Thursday in Allen Superior Court.

In one case, Marisha A. Bradtmueller, 22, of the 300 block of West Williams Street, was charged with felony neglect of a dependent.

According to court documents, her 8-month-old baby boy was found not breathing inside the house last July. When paramedics arrived, they found the baby malnourished and under size for his age. The house was “in disarray with little to no furnishing … (and) little to no food in the house including no baby formula.”

An apnea monitor was found in the room next to the baby’s playpen, but it appeared to be unused. Bradtmueller told police her doctor said she no longer needed to use it after a checkup two weeks before the baby’s death, according to court documents.

But an investigation by police revealed the infant had not been to a doctor, nor had Bradtmueller provided adequate food and medical care for the baby. She had missed a number of doctor’s appointments and was not using either the monitor or in-home health care provided to her, according to court documents.

Bradtmueller had not been arrested as of Thursday evening.

In the other case, police went to Lutheran Hospital in May to help investigate a suspected case of child abuse. They found a baby boy in critical condition with injuries consistent with shaken baby syndrome.

According to court documents, the child’s father, Derek Scott Hultz, said he shook the child repeatedly because he was crying. The infant, who was less than 4 months old, had bilateral bleeding on his brain.

Hultz is charged with battery causing serious bodily injury and neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury.

The child’s mother told police Feb. 20 that the child had reoccurring medical problems as a result of the head injuries.

Hultz had not been arrested as of Thursday evening.