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New allegations filed in child battery case

Friday, July 23, 2010

Alan J. Scherb
New charges were filed in the investigation of two alleged battered children, while the initial suspect was rearrested and the mother was also taken into custody.

According to information available at the Clay County Courthouse, a warrant was issued from Clay Superior Court for Alan J. Scherb, 32, on enhanced felony charges Friday afternoon.

Judge Joseph Trout signed a warrant for charges of class B felony aggravated battery, two class C felony neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury and two class D felony battery resulting in bodily injury stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred Wednesday.

The mother of the two children, Lacinda Taylor, 30, Brazil, was also taken into custody without incident Friday afternoon for her alleged involvement in the incident. A warrant was issued for Taylor out of Clay Superior Court after a case review by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office.

Judge Blaine Akers signed a warrant for charges, including two counts of class D felony neglect of a dependent.

Although details are limited to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, Brazil City Police Chief Larry Pierce confirmed to The Brazil Times the investigation started because a babysitter took action on her concerns about the children's welfare.

Taylor allegedly dropped off her children at the babysitter's house around 6 p.m., Wednesday. The children allegedly told the babysitter one child was burned by an extremely hot spoon and the other was hit in the head by an aerosol can.

Lacinda Taylor
Child Protective Services official requested the children be sent to St. Vincent Clay Hospital for a medical check up. Officials confirmed the attending doctor discovered various bruises and injuries as old as 3-7 days on the children, and it was recommended one child be transferred to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis for special treatment for their injuries.

Although Scherb bonded out of jail for $700 (paying 10 percent of the original $7,000 cash bond) Thursday, he was taken into custody late Friday afternoon on a $50,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed.

Taylor has a $7,000 cash bond (with no 10 percent allowed).

Jail officials confirmed to The Brazil Times both suspects will remain incarcerated through the weekend at the Clay County Justice Center pending further court proceedings to be scheduled next week.

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i am lacinda taylors uncle and as much as i love her after what she and her boyfriend did i think they both should stay in jail for the maximum sentence allowed by law

-- Posted by glennkeenejr on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 6:43 PM

Anyone who hurts a child should get it ten fold! Good job to the babysitter some people wouldn't have turned them in.

-- Posted by lilmomma on Fri, Jul 23, 2010, at 11:22 PM

Stand them out in front of the jail and I will be the first to throw the stones!! Maybe we should burn them with hot spoons and hit them in the head with bricks!! Low lifes! Give them the max!!! It still wont be enough!

-- Posted by dogslove on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 12:00 AM

Good Job to both Judges!

-- Posted by heavy on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 2:00 AM

I am sure they will plead that they were treated by there parents the same way...

-- Posted by heavy on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 2:02 AM

Awwww..... what a shame....I wish I would of seen this before I read and commented on my other article....lol

They deserve to be right where they are! Low life SCUM BAGS! They Don't deserve children!

-- Posted by blondiesf on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 10:19 AM

I agree blondiesf.... Scum that do ANYTHING to children should only get (1) one offense then we should make sure something like this COULD NEVER happen again!!!! This should be a (1) one strike rule!!!! SCUMBAGS like this should get done to them under a rule called "do unto to you like you have done to others".

-- Posted by Innocent on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 11:15 AM

Alan Scherb was raised in the same neighborhood i lived in for many years. I knew his father well and i can assure all that his father was a VERY good man and did not mistreat his kids in any way. Both his parents were solid christian people. I am pleading with everyone who reads this to not drag his parents into this because they are/were good people.

As for Alan and the mother of these kids i hope you get what you deserve. Alan you were raised in the church and somewhere in your soul you know what you have comming.

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 11:31 AM

I am a thrid cousin to Alan. This has shocked our entire family that he could do something so terrible as this!!! I can assure you he was not abused by either of his parents and just hard to believe it happened. None the less there is no excuse to hurt kids and they should pay for this as well as anger management. Those poor kids i feel probably need counselling as well to cope on how someone who gave birth to them could allow such a person to do this to them not to mention stand by and do nothing! Sorry Alan but there is no excuse to do such a thing period!

-- Posted by formerbrazilian on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 11:40 AM

Oh and I thank god his grandparents and his parents arent alive to see what a horrific thing he has done and became. and yes Alan where is those values you was raised with in your home as well as in the church!?!?!?

-- Posted by formerbrazilian on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 11:43 AM

I don't understand how ANY parent could do (or let be done) the kinds of things those two precious little boys went through! How could ANY mother sit by and do NOTHING when her babies are being abused!? She knew what was going on, she couldn't have NOT known, the boys had bruises and cuts/scrapes and burns all over them and yet she let the guy stay and keep hurting those babies...I hope they BOTH rot! As a mother myself, I am ASHAMED at these two! NOTHING justifies hurting a defenseless child!

-- Posted by jlc on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 12:36 PM

She just got her kids back from CPS. Their dad was busted in the Village for drugs and was in the paper. She is a lowlife. I have a child with her cousin and most the people in the family have serious mental issues. I feel very sorry for her kids. They have already been through enough. Hopefully CPS will not give the kids back to her this time.

-- Posted by SKCC on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 1:40 PM

I have known of this man most of his life. His bad behavior was covered up and enabled by his late parents and grandparents. It is about time this low life bully has been caught. And this woman who would allow this pig around her kids should NEVER be around them again. Allen has a long history of drug abuse and battery. His remaining relatives have tried. JAIL IS THE SOLUTION!!!! THANK GOD HE IS BEHIND BARS AT LAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 5:29 PM

They should take the kids and tie her tubes so she can not have anymore!

-- Posted by lilmomma on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 6:00 PM

i no this gurl and alan and yes she did just get her kids bak from cps and now this wow some ppl dont deserve kids and as for the kids father derek taylor is in jail for drugs being busted at west central village wow how do these ppl keep gettin government housing aint lamplight government too?

-- Posted by kendrasman on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 9:05 PM

My family has know Alan, & his family FOR YEARS!! I am having a HARD TIME believing all the "BRAZIL BULL" that is spreading FAST thru the Rumor Mills!! I have seen how MUCH Alan LOVES HIS OWN CHILDREN, & HOW THEY LOVE THEIR DADDY!! As far as the "Mother" of these abused children...WHY, if they were SO BADLY INJURED, did she take them to the "SITTER'S"?? And, IF SOME of the Injuries were a WEEK OLD, WHY did the SITTER WAIT SO LONG to REPORT THEM?? "Things" just don't add up!! I DO HOPE the SITTER is being INVESTIGATED ALSO!! If a child IS being ABUSED, the SITTER would have HAD TO NOTICE CHANGES in the child's behavior, NOT JUST THE PHYSICAL evidence!! As far as Alan, I will PRAY for him, & his family! And, I still believe "INNOCENT until PROVEN GUILTY"!!

-- Posted by SnappyAppy on Sat, Jul 24, 2010, at 10:45 PM

The sitter hadn't babysat the two boys in a while because she wasn't a steady babysitter, she was just a once in a while babysitter otherwise she WOULD have reported what was going on a LOT sooner but because she didn't see the kids that much she didn't know about it until the night she called about it.

-- Posted by jlc on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 1:19 AM

Oh on top of which the mother made up stories (one story she told the cops and the other she told the sitter) as to the burns on the youngest which she tried to play off as a rash to the sitter but a reaction to insulation is what she told the cops.

-- Posted by jlc on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 1:21 AM

I know this pig and he has always had a problem with his temper and has had a problem with drugs for as long as I can remember. I have seen him kill neiborhood pets just for fun so who knows how far this scumbag will go. will a human life be next for him. he sould get the max.

-- Posted by fordguy on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 10:53 AM

In reply to--snappyappy--- wake up and smell the guilt of both these lowlifes. They are both as guilty of this sin here and should go to jail for the max for this, And i hope they do.

-- Posted by bixby on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 12:01 PM

Let us hope the Judge and the Prosecutor do not make a DEAL with these pigs like they did with Rick L. Hayes. Children are not safe in our community and the law has made this very clear. Grow a pair law makers and keep this dangerous man and woman behind bars. I want my tax dollars to keep these people behind bars and I am sure that 99% of LEGAL citizens and those of us who PAY our taxes feel the same.

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 1:41 PM

I don't know this guy ,but I do know the mother . She is no good . Her mother is my neighbor and is a wonderful person , she had these two little boys last summer because of that damn Lacinda, Dcfs made the grandmother give those two little boys back to her. I will gaurantee you all one thing , they were both taken care of when they were with the grandmother, they were fed , clothed, clean , and most of all loved and never abused ! Lacinda is as quilty as he is , neither one of them deserve to see day light , I hope they rott in jail. Down here in Illinois , you don't want to beat on a child and go to prison ,they would beat both of them every day in our prisons and they should . I am praying that the grandmother gets custody of these little boys , God bless them . I will help her in any way I can to help her get them boys back down here away from that monster mother of theirs , She doesn't even need the privalige of being called a mother , she never has been nor will be .

-- Posted by sophiesmad on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 5:27 PM

In Re: to bixby Oh, I DO smell SOMETHING!! I don't KNOW when, or IF, you had been around EITHER of the 2 accused of this HORRIBLE ACT!! I have, & saw WHO cared about those little ones, & how their "Mother" could NOT have cared any LESS!! I don't know ANYONE that's "Perfect", BUT, I DO know ALOT of people in this County who "seem" to think THEY ARE!! And, some of them have done things JUST AS HORRIBLE as these allegations, but you NEVER SAW THEM on the FRONT PAGE, OR the News!! It's ALL "Who You Know"! Or, in THIS incident, "Who Knows YOU"!! There are SOME people out there who will say, or do anything, for revenge!! But, for NOW, I think we should ALL be Praying for the innocent children in this! It sounds like their short lives have been filled with NOTHING but ABUSE & NEGLECT!! From the ONES who SHOULD BE PROTECTING THEM!! I STILL find it very hard to believe that NO ONE noticed ANYTHING out of the ordinary with the children, Physical or OTHER ways, until the past week!! I HOPE they can be returned to SOMEONE who LOVES THEM, & they feel SAFE & SECURE!! So, let's STOP focusing on the NEGATIVE, & PRAY those little ones get a NEW START in their young lives, before it IS too late!

-- Posted by SnappyAppy on Sun, Jul 25, 2010, at 9:16 PM

SnappyAppy the reason noone saw what was going on until the babysitter reported it was because the mother pulled them away from the ppl they knew (and knew them) and kept them shut up with the boyfriend and the first time someone saw that things were off that is when it was reported...I am friends with the babysitter and she used to babysit the two boys a few days a week then after the boys' mother had dumped/kicked out the boyfriend (then just shortly after moved him back in) she stopped sending the boys to the babysitter and leaving them with the boyfriend when she went to work. Those poor babies were terrified their mom and her boyfriend would get them after they told the babysitter what happened.

-- Posted by jlc on Mon, Jul 26, 2010, at 10:02 AM

First of all one of the duties of a babysitter is to report any type of danger that a child and or children might be in. My tip my hat to that babysitter for bringing this to someones attention. On top of that from reading the comments this isn't the first time the children would have been taken from them so there is repeat neglect. How you could even stick up for these parents is beyond me. I judge your character! Therefore, my opinion is most like the rest. Let's pray the judge and prosecutor doesn't treat this like other cases and make deals. There should be no deals made for parents like this. As a father this so gets under my skin! I can't even imagine what those poor defenseless children are going through! My heart goes out to them and I hope that the children get the loving and caring atmosphere that they deserve. I also hope the parents get the atmosphere they deserve. People in the jail system don't have much to lose and they totally despise child beaters. GOOD LUCK!

-- Posted by Reader11 on Mon, Jul 26, 2010, at 10:35 AM

In RE:Snappy Abby: I have known this mother since the day she was born.I have never saw or met him. As for the GOOD care these children were getting from EITHER one of these low lifes seems to be ZERO, that's probably what you SMELL.As far as how things are handled in that county, sounds like the voters problem to me. It's always easy to blame someone else for people's problems, no one knows what goes on behind closed doors that is until something this HORRIBLE happens. I agree one hundred percent, lets pray for these two innocent babies in all this. I pray more than once a day for them. I pray right now that god has his loving healing arms around them and that their healing process has already started.

-- Posted by bixby on Mon, Jul 26, 2010, at 2:57 PM

Re:SnappyAppy:I'm sorry I misspelled your name yesterday, didn't catch the mistake in time.

-- Posted by bixby on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 7:20 AM

Wow .. the drama continues. I am sorry to learn that (apparently) the mother isn't any better than the father in this instance. I'm sad for the child. The mother should be sterilized, the father castrated. (too lenient, you think?)

I can't say I particularly CARE what happens to either of them .. but the child(ren) involved .. I hope they get the counseling they deserve to grow up normal, happy, healthy adults. I'll pray that happens.

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 11:58 AM

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