Rushville man charged in baseball bat attack

James McKillop

A Rushville man has been charged with battery after allegedly hitting another man in the head with a baseball bat.

Posted: Dec. 20, 2017 3:01 PM
Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 3:07 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Rushville man has been charged with battery after allegedly hitting another man in the head with a baseball bat.

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According to court documents, on Dec. 14, police investigated a possible battery complaint in the 1800 block of North 15th Street in Lafayette.

When they arrived, police found a man with lacerations on his head and blood covering his face.

The man pointed out 33-year-old James Michael McKillop of Rushville headed south on North 15th Street, stating that he had struck him in the head with a bat.

The victim described being in the house with McKillop who was making incoherent statements while holding a baseball bat in his hand.

The man said he then blacked out and woke up later with an injury to his head, believing it to have been caused by McKillop.

Court documents say that McKillop then attempted to attack the man again before he was able to flee the home.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries which included an open frontal skull fracture, epidural hematoma and a scalp laceration.

When police questioned McKillop he admitted to having hit the victim rendering him unconscious for several minutes.

McKillop has been charged with battery by means of a deadly weapon, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and criminal recklessness.

He is also being charged as a habitual offender due to his criminal history.

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