Three charged after malnourished Nappanee child is discovered

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Rune Springer (left) and Travis Tillotson (Mugshots supplied/ Kosciusko County Jail)

by David Slone, Times Union

Two people have been arrested and a warrant has been issued for a third person after police discovered a malnourished child with multiple life-threatening injuries.

24-year-old Rune Springer of Claypool was arrested and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 2:23 a.m. Friday for neglect of a dependent with serious bodily injury, a level 3 felony. Her preliminary bond was set at $20,250.

38-year-old Travis Tillotson of  Nappanee was arrested and booked into the Kosciusko County Jail at 1:31 a.m Friday for neglect of a dependent, a level 6 felony. His preliminary bond was set at $20,250.

Jammy Stacy of Etna Green, is charged in a warrant with neglect of dependent, a level three felony. Bond will be set at $200,000 surety and $250 cash.

At 9:16 p.m. March 2, Nappanee Police responded to a child in need of service at 1200 N. Main St., Apt. 103, Nappanee. Officers arrived to find a child who was in need of medical attention, according to court documents. Officers identified the mother as Springer.

Springer told officers she did not cause the injuries to the child and that the child had been in the care of another woman, Stacy, for about a year. Stacy dropped the boy off at Springer’s house on March 1 with visible injuries over his body.

Springer said she did not call the police immediately because Stacy told her not to contact the police because they would both be arrested for child abuse. The boy was taken to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne for treatment.

Officers spoke with Tillotson who said it was the first time he had seen the child in over a year. He was shocked to see the injuries to the child, but didn’t take him to a doctor for medical treatment because Stacy had told them they would all be arrested.

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