A game of basketball lands a 12-year-old boy in juvenile detention on charges of battery

BLOOMINGTON – A 12-year-old boy was transported to a juvenile detention center on felony charges of battery after he allegedly injured an 8-year-old boy at Meadows Hospital.

Meadow’s Hospital located in Bloomington is a private behavioral health facility offering a wide range of general and specialized services for children, adolescents, and adults struggling with emotional, behavioral, and or addictive disorders.

According to a Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo, a Medow’s Hospital administrator reported the two boys were playing basketball in a gymnasium Monday when they got into an argument. The younger boy reportedly left the gym to tell a staff member about the fight. When the 8-year-old returned to the gym the older boy allegedly picked him up and threw him to the floor headfirst.

According to Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo, the boy who landed on his head lost consciousness, but the child regained consciousness in the nurse’s office and began vomiting. The child was taken to IU Health Bloomington where an emergency surgery took place.

The 8-year-old was then transferred to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for a brain bleed. Another surgery was performed at Riley and the boy was placed into an induced coma to help with his recovery.

Police were notified of the incident the next day around 11 a.m., and an investigation into the assault began.

Police interviewed the injured 8-year-old boy’s father, and have requested surveillance video from Meadows.

The 12-year-old, from Ft. Wayne, faces felony charges of aggravated bodily injury, and battery causing serious bodily injury. He is being held at Southwest Regional Youth Village in Vincennes.