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Father arrested after McCordsville infant tests positive for cocaine

Posted at 1:02 PM, Aug 09, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis man was arrested this week on neglect charges after his 8-month-old son tested positive for cocaine.

Kevin Michael Bunch, 40, was interviewed by police after the mother of his infant son brought the child to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent in Indianapolis.

The child’s mother told doctors he had been running a fever of 101 degrees and had been repeatedly vomiting.

A drug screen found the 8-month-old tested positive for cocaine in his system.

The woman told police the boy’s father, Bunch, had been staying with her off and on and that he’d had a previous addiction to cocaine.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Bunch declined repeated requests to submit to an interview and drug test. Police attempted to contact him at his residence and place of work, to no avail.

Bunch eventually contacted police several days later and agreed to submit to a drug test. According to the affidavit, he initially refused because he knew he would test positive for cocaine.

In a subsequent interview with police, Bunch, according to the affidavit, said he had done cocaine on at least two occasions at the McCordsville residence where his son lives. He also told police he had done the cocaine by snorting it near a rug where the baby regularly plays.

As a result of the investigation, Bunch was arrested and booked into the Hancock County Jail on Tuesday on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury. Bond was set at $5,000 cash.

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