More details were made available about the couple being charged in the death of the infant through investigative documents filed with the Dubois County Circuit Court.
According to the Dubois County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, a three-month-old was brought to Memorial Hospital emergency room on July 30, 2018. The infant was non-responsive. The infant was flown to Norton’s Children’s Hospital in Louisville and then on August 1, the infant was pronounced dead at about 7:54 p.m.
Police arrested the parents of the infant, Jordan R. Leinenbach, 28, and Cassandra Potts, 24, both of Jasper, on preliminary felony charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death and reckless homicide.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the infant was born prematurely and after being in the NICU at Deaconess Women’s Hospital in Newburgh for two months, was sent home on June 8. The infant was supposed to remain on a constant oxygen supply and be hooked to a monitor except during times like when the infant was bathed.
Police determined the infant was only hooked up to the monitor on three occasions between July 11 and July 30.
During an interview, Leinenbach allegedly told police that the monitor had failed to record the times the infant was hooked up to it due to the memory on the unit being full.
The forensic examination of the infant determined it had suffered a severe brain bleed. The bleed was not a result of the premature birth. The autopsy also revealed three different ribs had suffered fractures and the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office stated they were at least two weeks old.
The autopsy also attributed two brain bleeds in the upper and lower portions of the victim’s brain to some type of severe trauma. The optic nerve was also hemorrhaged which indicated some type of severe head trauma.
Leinenbach told investigators that during attempts to perform CPR on the victim when the infant was unresponsive, that Potts pushed him out of the way and took over the resuscitation efforts.
According to court documents, Potts told police she never did anything to injure the infant. Leinenbach also stated that, to his knowledge, he never did anything to the victim that would have caused the injuries.
The prosecuting attorney added that criminal charges are an accusation and every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.