A $50,000 cash-only bond was set for Deven G. Frisque, 32, Madison, Friday afternoon in Jefferson County Circuit Court. Frisque and Tara L. Savage, 24, Madison, each face a level one felony charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in death after their son, Eben Frisque, who was 3 months old at the time of his death.

The infant was found dead at their Taft Drive residence in July.

This level one felony charge carries a sentence range of 20-40 years, Jefferson County Prosecutor David Sutter said. A level one felony is the most severe felony charge possible in Indiana.

A probable cause affidavit, compiled and submitted by Indiana State Police Detective Peter B. Tressler, states Madison Police responded at approximately 2:15 p.m. July 15 to a call for an unresponsive 3-month-old child.

“Upon arrival of law enforcement, the child appeared to be deceased, displaying body stiffness, discoloration of the skin and a body temperature that was cool to the touch,” the affidavit stated.

Jefferson County Coroner Rodney Nay pronounced the child deceased at the scene.

“The Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office has worked closely with the Indiana State Police and City of Madison Police in the investigation of the death of Eben Frisque,” Sutter said.

“The arrest warrants were issued following multiple interviews, review of the autopsy report, and review of the toxicology results from the victim as well as Deven Frisque and Tara Savage,” Sutter said.

In interviews with Frisque and Savage, law enforcement learned the child had been sleeping on a sectional couch with them at least a few evenings leading up to July 15.

They told officers they had been up most of the night from July 14 into July 15 because Savage was ill.

Savage and Frisque both said there were better places for the infant to sleep, but explained “his bassinet needed cleaning and (Eben) didn’t like to be placed in the playpen.”

Stanley Renecker, an acquaintance of Savage and Frisque, knocked on the door around 2 p.m. July 15, waking Savage and Frisque. Upon opening the door and letting light into the room, Savage told officers she looked at Eben’s face and noticed “a blue discoloration.”

Savage then began CPR, continuing until police arrived, while Frisque went to a neighbor for help, according to the affidavit.

Jefferson County Department of Child Services took oral swabs to test for drug usage from Savage and Frisque. The affidavit reads “both stated that they would likely test positive for methamphetamine use. Frisque tested positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine, THC and buprenorphine. Savage tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.” Both consented to a blood test. Those results found Frisque positive for methamphetamine, amphetamine and THC; and Savage positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.

The autopsy of Eben Frisque revealed that he had methamphetamine in his system. The cause of death was ruled “acute methamphetamine ingestion.” It is unclear at this time how the child ingested the drug.

“The Jefferson County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to work closely with law enforcement in seeking justice for Eben Frisque,” Sutter said.

Savage was still in custody in Kentucky Friday, waiting to be extradited for her initial hearing.



Courier staff writer Tali Hunt can be reached at 812-265-3641 ext. 234 or thunt@madisoncourier.com