More details released in Steuben County child abuse case

(Photo supplied/Steuben County Jail)

More information is being released about a 3-year-old being hospitalized with critical injuries and two adults in custody in Steuben County.

According to ABC 21in Fort Wayne, the girl was taken to the hospital on Friday, Sep. 15, with bruises all over her body, a punctured lung, internal hemorrhaging, and head injuries so severe the child is experiencing seizures and strokes.

Police say Derek Pierce of Kendallville, the child’s father, and his girlfriend Dakota McHenry of Fort Wayne are facing numerous child abuse charges stemming from an assault McHenry allegedly carried out while bathing the girl.

According to court documents, McHenry admitted to hitting the child’s head against a wall and faucet, and being rough with the child when she went limp while McHenry was trying to get her out of a bathtub.


  1. How about a charge of attempted murder. You bounce a babies head off of the wall andva faucet and beat the hell or her you can reasonably expect the child would die. Lets put them away long enough to be well past child bearing years when they see freedom again


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