Lykins charged in toddlers death

Lykins charged in toddlers death


According to the Washington County Prosecutors office James Lykins, 24, of Salem,  was arrested this afternoon for causing the death of 8 month old toddler Leelan Crain.

He lived at 602 1/2 Ridgeview Drive in Salem.

Lykins was arrested at 3:15pm today at a convenience store on State Road 56 East in Salem and has been charged with Battery causing death, a Class A Felony and Neglect of a minor, also a Class A Felony.

Lykins was the live-in boyfriend of Leelan Crain’s mother, Casey.

Lykins has been taken into custody at the Washington County Detention Center and awaits his initial hearing.

Leelan was pronounced dead before 2 a.m. Sunday morning after being taken to Kosairs Children’s Hospital in Louisville Saturday evening.

According to the Indiana State Police,  Leelan’s mother,  Casey Crain, discovered her son Saturday evening and was unresponsive.

Crain took her son to St. Vincent Salem Hospital. Leelan was then taken to Kosair by helicopter ambulance.

The Indiana State Police will continue to investigate this.

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