Freund arrested within the demise of a toddler whose coronary heart was “torn in half”

Posted: May 20, 2021 / 9:25 AM EDT
Updated: May 20, 2021 / 9:28 am EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Fort Wayne Police are investigating the death of an infant earlier this week as a homicide.

It was around 12:30 p.m. Monday when Fort Wayne police were informed of a child who was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition from a house on the 2700 block on Millbrook Drive in the Brookmill Courts Apartments complex on Covington Road .

The child died in the hospital.

Shaquille Rowe

The Allen County Coroner’s Office said 17-month-old Aiden M. Clark of Fort Wayne died from blunt violent chest injuries. The death was counted as manslaughter.

On Wednesday, Fort Wayne Police said 27-year-old Shaquille Rowe was arrested for charging a minor that resulted in the death and neglect of a loved one, resulting in death.

According to a possible affidavit, Rowe said he was in the shower when he heard crying. He said he got out of the car and found the toddler is not breathing and he started performing CPR, the affidavit said.

A dispatcher heard Rowe say, “Why did she leave me in the house like this?” the affidavit said. Rowe said his girlfriend, the child’s mother, left him with the child.

Doctors treating the toddler found that bruises on the neck and chest may be related to “some type of abuse,” the affidavit said.

An autopsy revealed that the child had a broken sternum and his “heart was torn in half,” the affidavit said. The toddler suffered a torn pericardial sac, which led to “massive bleeding,” according to the affidavit. He also suffered a blunt force trauma to his left midsection, a ruptured spleen, and bleeding around his left kidney and pancreas.

Doctors found the child likely died 2-5 minutes after his injuries, the affidavit said.

Rowe was the only adult in the house with the child, police said.

No further information was released. Police said the investigation was still ongoing.

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