According to information provided by the Brazil City Police Department, Alan J. Scherb, 32, was preliminarily charged with two D felony charges of battery on a child during the early morning hours Thursday.
Although details are limited to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation and the victims, Police Chief Larry Pierce confirmed the investigation started from a tip by an unidentified "concerned babysitter."
Pierce said the babysitter told authorities a mother dropped off two small children at the house around 6 p.m., Wednesday. The children allegedly had multiple bruises and various injuries. The babysitter apparently became concerned about their welfare when one child made allegations of being burned by an extremely hot spoon in several places and the other one said a thrown aerosol can caused a bleeding cut on their head.
Patrolmen Clint McQueen and Elliott Mullinix were dispatched to a residence at Lamplight Manor to begin the investigation and interview Scherb. After the interview, Pierce said the officers obtained "enough information for probable cause" to take Scherb into custody and transport him to the Clay County Justice Center.
Meanwhile, Child Protective Services were contacted on behalf of the children. Upon arrival, a CPS official requested the children be sent to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for a medical check up.
Pierce said the attending doctor, who discovered various bruises and injuries as old as 3-7 days, recommended one child be transferred to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis for special treatment for their injuries. No information was made available about the condition of the second child.
Originally incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond (with 10 percent allowed), Scherb bonded out of jail late Thursday afternoon to await further court proceedings pending the court calendar.
Officials confirm the case file has been turned over to the Clay County Prosecutor's Office for official review and formal charges to be filed in the matter.