Nine-month-old Caela Welch is recovering in an Indiana hospital this weekend just days after her father, 19-year-old Tosumba Welch, was criminally charged with viciously punching her in the head for months, reports WISH 8. According to Indiana State Police investigators, the teen father admitted to punching and squeezing the infant in an attempt to get her to stop crying. Investigators say that Toshumba Welsh confessed that the horrific abuse had been going on since his daughter was four or five months old.
Police became aware of the alleged child abuse on Sunday, August 27. That's when Caela was taken to Greene County General Hospital suffering from seizures. The baby reportedly became unresponsive and had to be airlifted to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health due to the severity of her injuries. During her medical examinations, doctors found that the nine-month-old was suffering from "non-accidental injuries" and reported the suspected abuse to authorities.
"Medical staff contacted the Department of Child Services for a review."