Mother arrested in connection with child’s suspicious death

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Police in Anderson have arrested the mother of 1-year-old Harlan Haines in connection with an investigation into her possible involvement in the child’s death in February.

Jennifer L. Harris, 27, of Anderson, was arrested Wednesday night and faces a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent causing death. As of Thursday, she remained in Madison County Jail on a 72-hour hold requested by the prosecutor’s office.

Haines died on Feb. 25 at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health following a Feb. 23 single-car crash and had what police called “suspicious injuries.”

Police said they continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Haines’ death, nearly two months later.

WISH-TV spoke to Jackie Haines, the child’s father, in February. He said he believes what happened to his son was no accident and that someone caused the injuries. 

Haines told us at that time he did not have custody of his son and said he hadn’t seen his son in a few months leading up to the February crash.

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