Purdue professor arrested after allegedly beating wife in front of a child locked in a dog cage

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University Assistant Professor John Froiland, who taught classes in “positive emotions” and “parental involvement,” was arrested November 10. He’s accused of beating his wife with a wooden chair leg in front of a child, whom he had locked in a dog cage.

Froiland was arrested on preliminary charges of domestic battery, intimidation, interference in reporting a crime, criminal confinement, and other charges.

Police said that Froiland had confronted his wife at around 4:30 p.m. after she returned home from a shopping trip. He was upset for not knowing where she was all day and held her against a wall.

He’s accused of locking the child in a dog crate, breaking off a leg from a wooden rocking chair, and hitting his wife. Police say she was able to run off, grab the child and her phone, and leave the house to call for help.

Chief Deputy Terry Ruley said that the woman’s arms were covered in welts and bruises when officers arrived at a neutral location away from the home.

Froiland was later released on a $500 bond and was given a 10-day non-contact order.

Purdue officials confirmed Froiland was on paid administrative leave. He had been employed as a Clinical Assistant Professor since August 2017.

No formal charges have been filed by Tippecanoe County Prosecutor. Froiland has an initial court date set for January 3rd at 8:30 a.m.

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