Detectives investigate the death of a child as a homicide

BEDFORD – On Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at approximately 12:13 p.m. Lawrence County Central Dispatch received a call from Bedford Police Department dispatch advising that their officers responded to IU Health Bedford Emergency Department regarding a possible case of child abuse or neglect.

It was determined by those responding officers that the alleged incident likely occurred at Maple Ridge Apartments, which is outside of the city limits, north of Bedford. 

Lawrence County deputies and detectives responded to IU Health Bedford and spoke to responding officers from the Bedford Police Department, hospital personnel, the child’s mother, and a case worker from the Indiana Department of Child Services.

They learned that a 20-month-old child was being transported by air ambulance to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis for a brain injury, a broken collar bone, and other injuries that appear non-accidental. 

Eli Plummer

On November 26th at 4:35 p.m. the child, Elliaunna (Elli) Margi Plummer, was pronounced dead at Riley Hospital. Detectives and deputies attended the post-mortem examination that was conducted on November 29th.

Elli’s death is being investigated as a homicide and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Captain Slone at the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. No further information will be released at this time.