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Police: Father threw 2-year-old

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

Two young boys were removed from their parents' custody after a Department of Child Services and Marion Police Department investigation found the 2 year old and 5 year old risked “serious injury or possible death” if they were not removed, according to court documents.

Their father, Benjamin Detamore, 34, Marion, now faces charges of battery on a person less than 14 years old for allegedly throwing his 2-year-old son to the floor and throwing a chair at him. The boys' mother, Veronica Detamore, 29, Marion, also faces charges of neglect of a dependent after police said she failed to report the assault. The pair were arrested April 18.

On Sept. 23, 2018, DCS caseworker Tia Powell was called to Marion General Hospital after being notified that a 2-year-old boy had injuries consistent with child abuse, court records said.

During the investigation, DCS and MPD Det. Brian Sharp interviewed the boy's 5-year-old brother, who stated he saw his father throw his brother on the kitchen floor and then throw a chair at him.

"He told them that the abuse happened frequently and that he was afraid of both his parents Veronica and Benjamin," the affidavit for their arrest reads. 

Benjamin Detamore told DCS and Sharp he spanked the 2-year-old but never left visible injuries. He claimed Veronica Detamore inflicted the injuries.

Veronica Detamore told investigators that when she went to work on Sept. 21 there were no injuries on her 2-year-old son. She claimed that she did not see his injuries until the morning of Sept. 23 after coming home from work. But according to the affidavit she showed investigators photos of the boy's injuries which were time-stamped for the morning of Sept. 22.

Veronica Detamore took her son to Marion General Hospital to treat his injuries more than a day and a half after they were inflicted.

Both the mother and father were released from the Grant County Jail on cash bonds.

DCS removed both children from the care of their parents, according to court documents.