NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) — New details from court documents indicate why a Fort Wayne man was arrested and charged by detectives in connection to the death of his toddler daughter late last month after bringing her to a local fire station unconscious.
In a probable cause affidavit, 31-year-old Michael T. Allen reportedly told New Haven police detectives that his daughter "had been vomiting for the past few weeks" and had trouble keeping down food.
Allen reportedly told detectives that he changed Kaivonni's diaper once after putting her in bed to sleep.
When he went back into her room later on a second time Allen said he noticed Kaivonni was not breathing normally and took her into the living room with him.
Some time after that, Allen told police his daughter was "limp like she was dead" and that he knew something was wrong with her. which led him to take her to the fire station on East Rudisill to get help while on his way to the hospital.
That's when Allen left his home on Moeller Road and on his way to a hospital with his unconscious daughter, 17-month-old Kaivonni Lynn Vachon, when he stopped at Fort Wayne Fire Station 11 on East Rudisill Boulevard, while on the way, just before 1 a.m. on Feb. 25.
Dr. Wagner with the Allen County Coroner's Office reported that Kaivonni had torn tissue insider her abdomen that could only be caused by "hard, direct force by something the size of a fist, knee or elbow."
Wagner reported that this sort of injury "could not be caused by accident" because it would take "serious and direct force such as a punch to the stomach."
Because of the child's injury, Wagner reportedly told detectives that she had internal bleeding and died within 10-15 minutes.
An autopsy was completed by the coroner the following day, on Feb. 26, reported that 17-month-old Kaivonni Lynn Vachon's death was ruled a homicide.
You can view the full affidavit below.