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Area man arrested on battery charges

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Curt Crandell
Indiana State Police recently arrested a man who initially avoided arrest during a domestic dispute.

Curt R. Crandell, 39, rural Brazil, was taken in to custody Tuesday, and transported to the Clay County Justice Center.

He was booked on two D felony charges, including domestic battery and battery resulting in bodily injury stemming from an incident in February

On Feb. 20, according to information provided by the Brazil City Police Department, a report concerning an alleged physical altercation involving Crandell and another individual in front of a juvenile at an undisclosed Brazil residence was filed.

However, Crandell had left before officers arrived on the scene.

Evidence gathered during the subsequent investigation led to a probable cause affidavit being presented in Clay Circuit Court by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

Judge Joseph Trout issued an arrest warrant for Crandell on March 4, setting his bond at $7,000 with no 10 percent allowed.

Appearing in court Wednesday, Crandell was advised of the formal charges, possible penalties and rights.

He pleaded not guilty and indicated he will hire his own attorney.

A jury trial in the matter was tentatively set for June 1.

Because Crandell was previously arrested on the same charges and bonded out, the court vacated the $7,000 bond set earlier in March and released him on his own recognizance.

Crandell was ordered to appear for all subsequent court proceedings, obey all laws and have no contact with the victim in the case.

A no contact order was entered on behalf of the victim.

Crandell was released Wednesday.

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I am the victim in this inccident and would like to say to everyone that the whole story is blow way out of contact. People may think bad of curt but i dont I love him no matter wat anyone thinks of him. Hes not a bad man just makes bad choices as we all do.

-- Posted by mamabear8711 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 6:22 AM

I also would like to say did brazil not have any other exciting news to report? Dont think he deserves to b front page news come on. If i have it my way i want charges to b dropped.

-- Posted by mamabear8711 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 6:30 AM

Well,I would like to say you need to stop sending him text messages on his phone before you get him into more trouble. Find someone else and move on with your life you have children to think about. They should be the most important thing to you.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 7:43 AM

This man is 39 years old? he looks 49!

-- Posted by millertime on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 7:59 AM


Your response gives me the impression that mental abuse, manipulation, fear, and low self esteem may all be playing a part here as that is typical in an abused woman. I say this with empathy, not criticism. No I am no psychologist, and he has not yet been convicted of this or former battery charge, but do you not see a pattern here? Even if your kids are witness to verbal screaming time after time they are being hurt and programmed to believe that this is normal family life. It doesn't have to be on the level of being illegal to do damage. Ask for professional help and they can make professional determination of the situation. I would love to be proven wrong but simple denial on your part is not enough. Make sure this situation isn't hurting your kids even if you think you can survive the dysfunction. You can't afford to take the chance that you might be wrong or this type of thing may likely be repeated generation after generation if not corrected. Good Luck

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 10:14 AM

Thank you Jenny, I was trying to say the same thing, but couldn't get it right in words. Mamabear8711, please talk with a victims advocate.

-- Posted by newtoo on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 12:20 PM


The decision to defend and justify his actions (after his second arrest for domestic battery) only proves women in your situation tend to stay in abusive relationships because even though it gets 'bad' and you know what to expect, it's better (in your mind) than trying to make it on your own. (Fear of the unknown)

Take it from someone who's been there (one time) and also convinced myself it wouldn't happen again .. it will. You may think you can "change him" - you can't. This isn't something you've done or didn't do. It's patterned behavior - he's seen it or lived through it as a child. He needs professional help, and it wouldn't hurt you and your children to get counseling as well.

PLEASE remove your children from this abusive relationship before they start to think it's "ok" to hit a woman. It's not about being "bad", it's about not enabling your abuser by saying "he's not a bad man, he just did a bad thing". If your children haven't exhibited signs of withdrawn behavior or violence - they will, if left in this environment.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome. Decide to do something different. You deserve to be treated better than this.

I'm with Jenny Moore on this one .. seek the help you need and get on with your life. Best of luck to you.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 12:22 PM

I have to agree with the other statements here. In my opinion, you are in denial. You and your children need to get away from this man. He WILL do it again.

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 3:07 PM

First off it is IndyBklyn99. Is he really your man or a man you want to be with and can't? Sounds like maybe you may have made up a few things to make this happen and make him come back to you. JMO! But I will tell you this if a man really did do this to me and my kids I would not be wanting to have him back in our lives. Putting your kids through this is not doing them any good. When it is in a public newspaper it is the PUBLIC'S business THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 4:51 PM

Very well said IndyBklyn99....some people just can't get enough drama!!

-- Posted by CHISMOSO on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 6:54 PM

Sometimes you can't see the forest through the trees Queen of Denial! Classic signs....classic!!!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 7:43 PM

Or maybe she is just wanting people and this man to feel sorry for her. Kids do not forget easily. They might act like it but they don't. CHISMOSO, there are people in my life that just love to cause the drama for the attention. I feel sorry for the kids here and for this man because the drama sounds like it will never end!

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 8:18 PM

Well it seams this Curt character hopefully will be going down for 5-10 for the 2 felonies. Good luck to you mamabear, I hope you get some help.

-- Posted by The Crabb in AZ on Fri, Mar 19, 2010, at 9:33 PM

mamabear8711 did you scream "hit me again because I love you" while he was beating on you? You need some serious help. Guess you could go ahead and make reservations at one of the local funeral homes. Nothing like planning ahead for one of his future mistakes.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 1:09 AM


It is hard to understand abuse when you are in the middle of it. Love, real love that is, is patient, kind, understanding, compassionate and most of all not hurtful. Whether a male/female causes physical, mental or emotional pain in a relationship, it is abuse.

Maybe the real point to consider in this story is the following: Who was so scared of this man's behavior that they felt the need to call for help? Someone reported this to the police or they wouldn't have shown up at your house.

If it were you, remember what that moment felt like and try to find help before the fear consumes you and you can't run anywhere or ask anyone for help out of the shame most women initially feel when they realize what they have done to themselves.

IF it was a friend or family member, ask them for help because they now know what you are REALLY living with.

IF it was your child or any child for that matter, enough is enough, because you are teaching that child, whether it is a boy or a girl, that it's ok for mommy to be treated that way. No one wants to raise a son who thinks it is ok to beat down his wife or a daughter who will take a beating in front of her child for the sake of misguided love?

Patterns of behavior repeat through generations. For your sake and that of your family (including this man you profess to love) break that pattern now before the headline reads much more tragically.

-- Posted by Cy on Sat, Mar 20, 2010, at 5:54 PM

Well said, Cy.

-- Posted by Emmes on Mon, Mar 22, 2010, at 12:29 PM


You are as much the issue as a victim, have you let everyone know that you have filed charges against everyman you have been with. You only want Curt because you can't completely have him. The only victims in this case, is the boys. They are living in a world that it seems that lying, cheating and fighting is the only way to survive. Move on mamabear and find you someone to harass that doesn't know you. Curt and you would be better off for the future of all. You get what you put out.

-- Posted by sassyblue on Wed, Mar 24, 2010, at 9:24 AM

Well said sassyblue. People DO NOT know the whole story with this woman. Maybe if they did some would not be so fast to judge this man. As you have said the most important people here are the children and it seems their mother is not even thinking about them only wanting to be with this man because she cannot have him.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Wed, Mar 24, 2010, at 1:04 PM

Well put. I know more of the details of this incident and the controvery within their lives. Mamabear started a fight with Curt's ex at a little league football game.. Actually hitting his ex girlfriend in front of a lot of young children. Its sad when people allow their lives, and their childrens lives, to be consumed with such negativity. What happened to adults being role models and setting examples for the young children in this community?!

-- Posted by just_mommy on Fri, Mar 26, 2010, at 11:43 AM

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