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Child battery arrest made

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Brazil man was recently incarcerated on allegations he battered two children, one of which was transported to an Indianapolis hospital for treatment.

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.

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"$700 cash please. Don't do this anymore!"

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 9:37 PM

This is wrong. hurting a child. 700.00 bond.

Is that the worth of the this person, maybe doing this again while on bond?

-- Posted by heavy on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 10:33 PM

He will probaly be re-arrested on more charges, depending on what the Medical Report States.


-- Posted by heavy on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 10:35 PM

Whose a big boy??????? What a terrible tragedy for this poor child.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 11:02 PM

There is a special place in hell for someone who beats a child.

There should have been no bail! he should be in a cell until the trial.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Thu, Jul 22, 2010, at 11:36 PM

Maybe, if we are lucky he will be charged with more serious crimes against children.

700.00 bond come on.

-- Posted by heavy on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 12:23 AM

What a PU@#Y SCUMBAG!!! Do you feel like a man now punk!

-- Posted by Innocent on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 8:07 AM

Am I understanding this correctly that the mother of these two children dropped them off at the babysitter's as if nothing was wrong??? Did the mother not see these marks and bruises on the children?? Was she letting her precious babies be abused at the hands of this monster?? If so, she is as guilty as this monster is of these horrific crimes and she should rot in hell right along with him. I cannot find the words to describe how disgusting these two creatures are. I hope those children are placed in a safe and loving home.

-- Posted by Plankton on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:01 AM

Hey Mr Tough Guy................Here is how I see your future. Hopefully there will be more charges to follow to lock your sorry _ _ _ up! Once in there the jail system will find out why your there and those other felons won't take to kind to a big guy like yourself beating on poor little defenseless children! You see where this is going right? Oh and I would find it hard to believe that more info wouldn't come out that mom knew what all was going on. She should do some time as well. All why you two are living a life of hell that I'm sure you put your children through Child Custody should find a nice and loving home for your children cause parenthood sounds to me be be a little stressful for the both of you!

-- Posted by Reader11 on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:43 AM

This is the beginning of more things to come from this abuser. It is long over-do to deal with this type of offender(s)...Mom? Hmmm. My idea of justice is certainly humane and needed for such a catagory of ones who harm children and will continue to do so, once the crime and punishment has passed...this is an old, tired and too many times told story of children being hurt, harmed, exploited and killed...the ones who can make the changes need to SACK-UP, and take charge of once and for all put these varmin out of their miserable lives...Did I actually say varmin? I guess I did.

-- Posted by ADJ on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:45 AM

P.s. I don't want to spend my money on keeping this type person wrapped up in Gvmnt rehab programs, jail/imprisonment, feeding...just to get out to become the "Repeat Offender". I say LINE EM' UP!

-- Posted by ADJ on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 9:50 AM

ADJ I totally agree with you. LINE EM' UP!!!

-- Posted by Plankton on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 10:09 AM

A big Thank You to the babysitter. It took a lot of courage to do what she did.

-- Posted by BackHomeAgain on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 10:20 AM

Those two little boys went through hell and their mother let it happen! This guy may have been the one who hit/kicked/burned/beat both the poor boys but the MOTHER didn't do a THING to protect her babies when they were so obviously being abused and she was TOLD by one of the boys what the guy was doing to them so SHE is JUST as guilty! I hope they BOTH get what they deserve!

-- Posted by jlc on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 10:32 AM

I'm not defending the Mother .. however, it could be that she was being abused as well. I know how difficult it is to leave an abusive relationship for these women, so anyone who hasn't been there - please, don't pretend to know what the Mother "let happen".

Fact is, the children are innocent and this guy is a dirt bag (if he did this). The Mother may not be innocent, but she may also be a victim, too. Let's not put the cart before the horse.

I know this kind of thing goes on every day, but it still sickens me to read about it. Those poor kids! THANK YOU, babysitter (and kids) for doing the RIGHT THING and telling an authority figure!

Let's keep this POS away from kids period .. his own or someone else's.

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 10:52 AM

I think if I see him out and about, I can afford $700, he will recieve what he dished out! Every Dad out there should be thumping this punk!

-- Posted by wtfizdat on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 11:05 AM

what is our system comming to let these type out on a $700 bond and when my son got in trouble over a minor offence his bond was 5000 no 10% and never in trouble with the law before and this pig can beat on 2 babies and they let him out on 700$

-- Posted by pepsilady on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 11:07 AM

I agree with Emmes....we don't know that he wasn't beating the Mom either! You all are so quick to judge her. Probably and most likely you never been in this situation in your own little lives. When there is abuse usually the abuser will say they are sorry when they abuse, ask for forgiveness, say anything to try to make it up and promise to never do it again. The next time....OH why am I trying to explain this to you!

Point being...maybe Mom was looking for a way to "expose" the abuse without looking like she turned him in, to avoid any further wrathe of that POS! Did anybody ever stop to think of that possibility? No, of course not, it's much more fun to call the Mom a low life too!

Carry on!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 11:20 AM

I agree with Proud of My Country about not knowing if mom was being abused as well. Don't forget that some abusers threaten Mom with "if you tell, I'll kill your babies" and threaten the babies with "If you tell, I'll kill your Mom". Often times, predators who make those threats will injure or kill a family pet in front of kids to get his point across. This may not apply in this case, but as you all know mothers will usually do anything to protect the LIVES of their children, even if it means tolerating abuse of them and of her. Everyone in this situation needs help and the best place for him to get it is in prison, if indeed, he is found guilty and sentenced.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 11:57 AM

What is this, a Salem witch hunt? Innocent until proven guilty, thats the American way.

-- Posted by RDK on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 1:46 PM


If you knew this much about these people and what was going on then why didn't YOU say somthing about it?

-- Posted by th1953 on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 3:03 PM

People don't be too quick to feel sorry for this mother, if you stay up on what's going on with this case you'll know why in a few days. she needs to go to prison as much as that sicko does.

-- Posted by bixby on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 4:25 PM

The Mother better get child neglect charges,too.

-- Posted by reddevil on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 11:46 PM

this guy needs to be locked up for good. His ex wife left him because he beat her. Hope they give him the max. I hope the never let him see his two girls again because of what he did to the 2 boys

-- Posted by fordguy on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 2:39 AM

wtfizdat: Don't you know that if you thump him your bond won't be $700 cash it will probably be $7000 cash! This is America!

They let the hard one's and sicko's off easy, but the ones who really need the help and do little crimes they slap it to them!

Hey I was abused too, but by God let a man touch one of my kids, and I be DAMNED if his A$$ wouldn't go down!

By the time the law charges him with his real charges here, he will skip state like our nice little Perv in the ambulance from Trans Care in Terre Haute did on them!

Yes the mother should be charged whether she was abused or NOT! She had to of seen the marks on them children and known who did it, and failed to report it! THAT IS A CRIME!

They would of protected her and the children and I don't care what her excuses are because like I said I have been in her shoes many a times before, in the past and I know all too well about being abused!


-- Posted by blondiesf on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 10:11 AM

RDK I did say something about what was going on thank you...you don't know me so don't assume you know what I have or have not done.

-- Posted by jlc on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 12:44 PM

I just want to say thank you to whomever the babysitter is/was. Thank goodness she/he cared enough to help these babies.

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 2:58 AM

I wonder with her just getting her children back if they were making regular visits like they are suppose to do? I guess not since these poor babies had to live in hurt and fear. Maybe we also need to look at the people that should have been looking after these babies on the CPS side of things. I sure hope these babies get the help they need. As for the man & their mother I so hope they go to prison and let some of those inmates take care of them. They do not like people like this in there. But then again stoning them is a very good idea as well as due onto them as they did onto these poor babies. May God bless and keep these babies safe!

-- Posted by IndyBklyn99 on Mon, Jul 26, 2010, at 10:57 PM

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