INDIANAPOLIS – Police say an 18-year-old Indianapolis man severely beat his girlfriend's 14-month-old daughter because the girl failed to show respect.
Tayaun Chism was arrested on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent and child abuse in the beating of Lilliana Goodman.
Police Sgt. Paul Thompson says Chism is accused of beating the girl with a belt for more than an hour for being disrespectful and not eating her food.
Chism was arrested Wednesday night in the waiting room of St. Vincent's Hospital, where the child was in critical condition Thursday.
Thompson said Chism's pregnant girlfriend, 21-year-old Rachel Goodman, was injured as she tried to intervene. She was treated and released from the hospital