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Digging Deeper: Man found in St. Marys River was focus of FWPD, DCS investigation

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) -

A man whose body was discovered last week in the St. Marys River was the focus of an investigation after his daughter was diagnosed at a local hospital with shaken baby syndrome just days earlier, ABC21 has learned.

The remains of William Parker IV were pulled from the water last Thursday. An autopsy determined that Parker, 28, had drowned, but his death has not been determined to be accidental or by other means.

A report obtained by ABC21 on Monday shows that Parker and the child's mother, Tinisha Thomas, took the unidentified infant to Lutheran Hospital on Sept. 1. There, a series of tests led medical staff to contact the Department of Child Services.

Fort Wayne police were asked to assist, and officers filed a report detailing the situation. Portions of that report were redacted due to privacy concerns, but in it, an officer notes that the child was unconscious when she arrived at the hospital.

Tests were performed, and "it was then believed that this was a case of 'shaken baby syndrome,'" the officer wrote.

The redacted version of the report withholds specific information regarding the girl's injuries, but indicates the DCS worker who was on call for critical or fatal incidents was notified.

A detective with the Fort Wayne Police Department interviewed several members of the family about the situation.

Parker had not been arrested and was not charged with any crimes in connection with the incident that was being investigated. His record shows multiple previous arrests and several convictions on misdemeanor and felony domestic violence charges.

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