Child critically injured at Angola campground, father and girlfriend charged

Derek Pierce (left) Dakota McHenry (right)
Derek Pierce (left) Dakota McHenry (right)(WPTA)
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 10:37 AM EDT
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - A couple is being held without bond after police say the man’s child was critically injured while in their care at a campground in Angola.

Police say they were called around 11:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, about a child abuse investigation after a three-year-old was taken to Cameron Hospital.

The child had injuries police say were inconsistent with the information given by father Derek Pierce of Kendallville and his girlfriend, Dakota McHenry of Fort Wayne.

Cameron Hospital contacted the Kendallville Police Department because they believed the injuries occurred there, and police later found the child was hurt at HI-VUE campground near Lake Gage.

Officers did not specify how the child was injured.

Following an investigation, police arrested 25-year-old Dakota McHenry for neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury, domestic battery to a child less than 14 years of age causing serious bodily injury, and obstruction of justice.

The father, 31-year-old Derek Pierce, was arrested for neglect of a dependent causing serious bodily injury and obstruction of justice.

Both are being held without bond, police say.

The child was last said to be in critical condition. The investigation is ongoing.

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