Couple in Jasper County charged with battery and neglect of four children

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Photo credit: Indiana State Police

Photo credit: Indiana State Police

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (August 10, 2015) – A couple in Jasper County was arrested for child battery and neglect of four children.

On June 30, the Indiana Department of Child Protective Services contacted the Indiana State Police, asking for assistance with an investigation into the battery of a child.

Allegations presented to Trooper Brock Werne by CPS indicated that 37-year-old Johnny L. Hutchison of Rockport had struck his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter multiple times, leaving marks and bruising on her legs and back.

The child’s mother Christina D. Crabtree, 33, of Rockport, said the marks were a result of Hutchison spanking the three-year-old.

Further investigation uncovered that Hutchison physically abused the three-year-old, as well as Crabtree’s other three children, on multiple occasions.

On Monday, August 10, an arrest warrant was served on both Hutchison and Crabtree. Both were charged with four counts of Neglect of a Dependent.

Hutchison faces an additional charge of Battery on a Person Less than 14 years of age.

They were taken without incident in the Spencer County Jail.

CPS relocated the four children to foster care.

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