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Local woman re-arrested, charged with three counts

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Brazil resident has been re-arrested on enhanced formal drug charges and three counts of child neglect stemming from an incident at a local government housing project early Sunday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m., Sunday, Sandy K. Boatman, 35, was booked into the Clay County Justice Center when officials discovered three juvenile children under 10-years-old were left without adult supervision in her residence with drugs and various types of paraphernalia laying around in plain view inside the home.

Unable to initially contact Boatman, Child Protective Services were contacted to ensure the proper care and safety of the children.

When the probable cause affidavit and the detention warrant were unable to be processed before the 48-hour time period after her arrest on Sunday, Boatman was released on her own recognizance (OR) shortly before 2 a.m., Tuesday.

She was ordered to appear for formal arraignment at the Clay County Courthouse on July 27.

However, after a case review by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office and formal charges were filed in Clay Superior Court Tuesday, Judge J. Blaine Akers issued an arrest warrant in the matter.

Boatman was arrested Wednesday and booked into the CCJC on a $25,000 cash bond, with 10 percent allowed.

Due to the drugs being located inside a government housing facility, one of Boatman's charges -- possession of methamphetamine -- was enhanced to a class B felony by the prosecutor's office.

She was also charged with D felony maintaining a common nuisance, D felony possession of marijuana, three D felony charges of neglect of a dependent, an A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and an A misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia.

If convicted of a class B felony, the highest charge filed against Boatman at this time, the advisory sentence issued by the state for a guilty conviction/plea agreement ranges from 6-20 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.

The advisory sentence issued for a class D felony conviction is six-months-3 years in prison and potential fines up to $10,000.

Jail officials confirm Boatman remains incarcerated awaiting further court proceedings and further information is limited due to the ongoing investigation.

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I guess the kids will miss their Mommy for a long time.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 8:49 PM

so many welfare mongers in free housing , no jobs, but yet they can afford drugs, cant pay rent or anything, just drugs. am i the only person sick of this?

-- Posted by otis66 on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 6:12 AM

I hope she seeks the help she needs and will end up being a life saved by a once horrible choice!

-- Posted by ibclean76@yahoo.com on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 7:01 AM

No otis66 you are not the only one sick of this. I work 40 hours a week to pay for her dumb butt to not work and live for free. She gets everything paid for by us hard working Americans and it is just not fair. I think that if I have to take a drug test to be able to work then she and everyone else living for free needs to take one too. If you fail the drug test then your funds are cut right along with your ability to reproduce. Everyone thinks that Obama is going to come in and make all of this better but it really has been making it worse and the worst has not even came yet.

-- Posted by time2growup on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 8:16 AM

Right on! If I have to take a drug test to work my butt off at a full time AND a part time job...just to pay taxes for these welfare idiots, then I think they could take a drug test to get MY FREE MONEY! I think if all of these losers were drug tested...say what $25.00 for a simple urine test? I think welfare would become almost NONEXISTANT!

-- Posted by WhyInBrazil on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 9:26 AM

You couldn't have put it any better time2growup, along with the drug test I think their home (government housing), I guess in a sense I should say our homes (we pay for them) should be inspected periodically (without warning). It's amazing how most (not all) of them can always afford alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes but can't afford to raise their kids and provide for them. Us full time workers, if we get sick or have to take a medical leave, we're not eligible for any help, which would just be temporarily. I think the government's logo is "take from the hardworking and give to the useless". Till next time..... GOD Bless

-- Posted by Inqtono15 on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 10:38 AM

You act like everyone that is on welfare or getting public housing are drug users, alcoholics and neglectful parents. Have you ever had to receive welfare? For some people it is to help them while they are bettering themselves. I received public housing while I was attending college where I received an associate degree. Guess what I worked two jobs while attending classes before graduation. Yeah this woman hasn't made the best choices but you can't assume that everyone is like her. One of you ended with God Bless after stating that people that receive welfare is useless. Where is the love that God gives to all. No one is perfect and we all make mistakes but God sent His son to die for all of us no matter what we have done. Guess what God forgives us all for our ignorance.

-- Posted by sanctified740 on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 11:49 AM

knock out the welfare system which would be fabulous, and see how fast Brazil empty's out. Look how many would relocate to find handouts elsewhere. Maybe that's one way to clean towns up huh?

-- Posted by Dyna1 on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 12:01 PM

Let me elaborate a little on this for you sanctified740. I in no way stated that everyone that was on Welfare was using drugs. Never implied that either. The point that I was making was I have a job that I applied for and one of the requirements of the job was a drug test. At that job I work and at the end of the week I get a pay check. Those on welfare get a "paycheck" per say also. So my opinion is if I did not pass the drug test then I am denied a job therefore I am not given a paycheck. Same thing should hold true for those wanting a welfare paycheck. I know that there are single moms out there going back to school and working and they just can not make it on what they make. Understand that one. There are also people my age walking the streets of Brazil at all times of the day, working hours that is, and then I see them at the store swiping a EBT card to get groceries paid for. WHY? There are my age what is wrong with them that they can not work. Assistance is temporary not permanent, but in our society and time it is not a temporary thing it is permanent. I go to church and I know I am not perfect just forgiven but that does not mean that some of this does not get under my skin. Especially when children are involved.

-- Posted by time2growup on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 12:52 PM

I haven't seen one woman in Clay County, that I said "OH YAY, Let me raise their children" and pay for them to lay on their backs!

Quite frankly, they should be given 30 days to get a job.. 6 months to become self sufficient and one year to be off services or loose their children. Its called RESPONSIBLITY!!!

Children should not be reunited with parents who are drug involved... PERIOD!!!

-- Posted by Simpletruths on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 1:19 PM

In my opinion, most of the people on welfare are just deadbeats. All they care about is sitting around on their butts getting a free handout so they can do their drugs. It seems like the women just get pregnant so they can get more SSI (I think that's what it's called) I realize not everyone using the welfare system are druggies and they don't particulaly want to be on welfare. I was told by my doctor that I could not go back to my job for medical reasons, but since my husband was working at the time, we still had too much income to qualify for even food stamps for a while. The welfare system is seriously flawed. If you know how to work the system, you get it. If you are an honest working class citizen that really needs assistance, you are screwed!

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, Jul 17, 2009, at 7:12 PM

maybe everyone should not be so quick to judge this woman. For one she had a roommate living with her that was supposed to be watching her kids that night. This woman also works 35-40 hours a week trying to support her children the best she can. The night her kids were left alone her roommate was supposed to be watching them. As soon as she got a phone call that her roommate was spotted at a local bar she hurried home. Her roommate's daughter called the cops. By the time she arrived home the cops were at her house. Her roommate was recently fired from her job for coming to work drunk and messed up on drugs. So tell me why this woman still has her kids???? Im not saying Sandy is perfect but dont be so quick to judge when the whole story is not put out there

-- Posted by singlemomof2 on Sat, Jul 18, 2009, at 3:27 AM

oh, is this not the lady who has kids with Mike Pitts? The same lady who already had her kids in Welfare custody because she abandonded them??? or maybe she went to prison? Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it is the same lady.

-- Posted by ape1 on Sat, Jul 18, 2009, at 11:37 AM

Average Joe is about to come calling on this Immoral behavior - not the druggies, Welfare.. Save the children, and let the parents wither.

-- Posted by reddevil on Sun, Jul 19, 2009, at 12:37 PM

This woman has already lost older kids.... When will the madness end???

-- Posted by bzlady on Sun, Jul 19, 2009, at 9:56 PM

Hi First of all Let me say this,My Name is Vickey Raines,and I dont care who knows this because I am Proud,I am Not a drug user,nor am I a big drinker,I did Live there in Brazil,but now I live in Elwood In. I keep up with Brazil thru the online Paper,Point is a few months ago,I was a woman living alone,for the first time in my life and was enjoying it,I could come and go as I pleased,But then I suddenly found myself with My 4 and a half month old Grandbaby,and dealing with the CPS.And let me tell ya,I praise them and I seen first hand how they try to do everything they can to get help for the parents of the children they have to take to safty,But at the same time,They have to place these children in either Foster care or Family members homes,For me it was a big ordeal,because Indiana law says The parents have the right to have supervised visits 3 times a week,,and all of last winter I had to travel on Snow and Ice hauling My precious Gandbaby From Elwood To Brazil and that is 120 miles one way and had to do that 3 times a week,it takes 3 hours to drive it and when it was icy and snowy it took me 4 and a half hours to do ,and Mind you This poor little baby had to be strapped down in a car seat,for that long,and it wasnt CPS Fault either its indiana law,,anyway,I had to provide food shelter clothing Diapers and the gasoline to do this and gas was sky high at the time,,Needless to say I went broke,and I finally got a welfare check for My Grandbaby and it is only 139.00,that is a Godsend to me,its not enough,but its something,and I get Food Stamps too now,,and you know what Im Damn Proud of it,and I dont have a clue of how old you are~Time to grow up,,But Im 51,And Im one of those people you stand behind in the grocery store with a EBT card~And one of these days before your life is over,you may have a reality check yourself and be the one in the grocery line swiping a EBT card,Because after all None of us know the future,and what is going to happen with in our own familys,Im not here to bash you,dont even have a clue of who you even are,,But Please before you judge people at a Grocery store check out line and what kind of card they are using,,Maybe you better look in the mirror,and say your name~Timetogrowup a few times,,as far as the woman and her kids,Im sure the system and the CPS are not going to listen to any body here,They are professionals at what they do,and from what ive experienced they do it well....VickeyR

-- Posted by Vickey_ Raines on Thu, Jul 23, 2009, at 8:27 PM


Let me start off by saying that I commend you for taking in your grandbaby. I also do not think that I was talking about those of us that need to be on Food Stamps or Welfare. I was talking about the ones that are learning to play the system. Is that you NO! So I was not talking to you. Let me also point out to you that I was 17 when I had my son. Not married and no daddy to help me out. I did not drop out of school. I got a job and worked and made money to support me and my child. I still lived at home with my mom but I was the one that took care of the needs of my son. I did not have the chance to be a carefree teen. I did grow up a long time ago. I do look in the mirror and I am proud of what I see looking back at me. I got off my butt and did what I had to do to make it. Three years ago I had no Health Insurance and found out that I was pregnant. I could not get any assistance from anyone and then the worst happened my husband lost his job. I still could not get any assistance. I was basically told that if I needed it that bad then I should quit my job and let welfare come in and take over for me. Pay all of my bills and medical expenses. I was not about to do that. I was able to work and I got by. I was not going to play the system. I was not referring to you swiping your EBT card. I know that there are people out there that need it that is why it is there. I do have a problem with people like her. Having every asistance that is available to her and then doing drugs. If she has money to get HIGH why no money for milk or food. I have grown up and I had to do it a lot quicker than anyone else. I don't judge people for what they have to pay for their food with but don't use your Welfare money and then turn around and pay cash for beer or cigarettes. I will point out one more time I do look in the mirror daily and I am proud of the mother that I am and the values that I am instilling in my children.

-- Posted by time2growup on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 10:43 PM

For those of you who are so bent out of shape because she was on food stamps, and housing, and supposably on welfare. I might make your day a little better, and not so self absorbed and self-righteous. She had a 40 hour a week job working at McDonalds, it may not have been the best paying job, but it was a job, and yes she might have needed some help with food, and housing. Thank God its out there for those who need it. This does not(however) mean, I excuse the fact that drugs were found in her home that is something she will definitly pay for now, as she should. And as far as her children are concerned she has made some serious mistakes which may cost her being a mother to her children probably for the rest of there childhood. She should have known better!!! What people also dont realize is that she did leave them with another adult friend of hers. and she was the one who actually left them alone, and was part of the drug use with her, and who also has children of her own, that is real sad to know. Goes to show you, you really need to choose your friends wisely,and be carefull who you let in your home around your children. Drugs have a terrible effect on someones judgement and thinking, and the sad thing is these children are the real victims in all of this not all you working people out there!!! I hope she sees here mistakes and gets some real help and the best help will come from Jesus!! and she already knows that. I am praying for her and children!!

-- Posted by some1ispraying on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 7:01 PM

Who is (and how) going to pay for drug testing is the issue. People complain about paying for social services now. Picking up the expense of drug testing won't make that better.

I have to say I am strongly against the random surprise home inspection ideas. Protection from illegal search is everyones constitutional right. I'm not willing to give up the 4th amendment.

-- Posted by Blueyedame on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 9:47 PM

Vickie_Raines, I applaud you! Great post!

-- Posted by Blueyedame on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 10:00 PM

Her being on welfare, etc. shouldn't even be the point....its the fact that she left her children, all under 10 yo alone, no supervision, the house could have caught fire, someone could have entered the home uninvited, so many things could have happened, not too mention her kids could have gotten a hold of these "drugs" that were just "laying around" in plane view, so why not focus on that, instead of how she received money??? I am not going to judge anyone on the system, everyone has different circustances why they are on it, and it is NOT my place to judge anyone. I am in Iraq, away from my 3 children and step son, all so I can earn a good living for them, my hubby, and my future, but not everyone has that option, and the economy sucks right now, and it makes it that much harder as a single mother.....I'm jus sayin.....think of what is really important here....

-- Posted by proud mom and soldier on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 11:21 PM

One more thing, the "TRUE VICTIMS" here are the "CHILDREN". Let's just hope this woman gets the help she needs for her and her children so they won't have to grow up without their mother.

-- Posted by proud mom and soldier on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 11:37 PM

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