|Lykins pleads guilty to two Class A felonies|
James Lykins admitted to his part in the death of 8-month-old Leelan Crain when he pled guilty last week in Washington Circuit Court.
Lykins entered a plea agreement where he pled guilty to one count of Battery resulting in death, a Class A felony and neglect, also a Class A felony.
Sentencing is scheduled to take place on July 22 at 8:30 a.m.
Charges are still pending against the mother, Casey Crain, for her alleged role in the death.
Crain is being charged with Battery resulting in death.
In Indiana, a Class A felony carries a sentence between 20-50 years.
Lykins could face between 40 and 100 years in prison.
Police arrested Lykins and charged him with Battery resulting in death and Neglect of a Dependent, both Class A Felonies.
Lykins’ conviction is the result of the death of the infant that occured Sept. 7, 2013.
In the evening hours of Saturday, Sept. 7, Leelan Crain, eight months old from Salem, was found unresponsive by his mother, Casey while Leelan was taking a nap. Leelan’s mother and her boyfriend took Leelan to the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Salem by personal vehicle. Once at the hospital in Salem, Leelan was transported to the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, KY by air ambulance. He was pronounced dead at approximately 1:41 a.m.
An autopsy was performed that morning on Leelan Crain at the Kentucky Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville. The autopsy preliminarily determined the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the head.
Casey Crain was arrested and charged a short-time later.