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A Fort Wayne father was charged Friday with neglect of a dependent after his child suffered several injuries while in his care for several days.

Bradley M. Pape, 23, of the 2700 block of Glenwood Avenue, gave explanations for the injuries to police, but they apparently weren’t enough to prevent the felony charge in Allen Superior Court.

The charge is usually a low-level felony, but in this case it was enhanced to a Class B felony because of the severity of the child’s injuries, which included a broken finger, head injury and scrapes to his face, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The only injury that could not be attributed to neglect was a broken collarbone, which a Fort Wayne doctor said could have occurred at birth, according the affidavit.

The others were “highly suspicious” and typical of physical abuse, a physician at Riley Hospital for Children told police, according to the affidavit. After a CT scan revealed the head injury, the child was admitted to the intensive care unit at a Fort Wayne hospital.

The injuries came to light when the child’s mother picked him up from Pape in November after the child spent five days with Pape for his parenting time, the report said.

Pape told investigators he was aware of the injuries and did not seek medical treatment because he did not have transportation, although he said the child’s finger broke while being strapped in a car seat, the affidavit said.

Pape has three warrants for his arrest but was not in custody Friday evening, according to Allen County Lockup.