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Local man charged in many separate incidents

Friday, November 5, 2010

Robert P. Blystone
A rural Clay/Parke County man is back in custody at the Clay County Justice Center on a petition to revoke his bond amid new allegations of domestic battery.

According to documents at the Clay County Courthouse, Robert P. Blystone, 21, Brazil, was allegedly involved in two cases of domestic disputes this past summer.

On June 12, the Clay County Sheriff's Department investigated a domestic dispute report involving Blystone. During the investigations, it was alleged that Blystone smashed the head of an unidentified female victim into a door in the presence of an unidentified 4-year-old child.

After reviewing the case investigation for the June incident, a class D felony domestic battery charge was filed against Blystone in Clay Circuit Court by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office on June 21. A summons to appear in court for the charges was issued in the matter, with one copy apparently served to a family member and another mailed to his address on file with the court on June 29-30.

On July 10, the sheriff's department investigated a second violent incident at the same undisclosed residence. Blystone, who was apparently taking care of the aforementioned child, allegedly placed the 4-year-old in a situation that endangered the child's life by "tossing (the child), causing (the child) to strike a wall."

Defense attorney Rowdy Williams made appearances on behalf of Blystone for charges stemming from the June incident, including a motion to continue on July 19.

According to jail personnel at the Clay County Justice Center, Blystone was taken into custody and booked into the facility on July 28. He was later turned over to the custody of the Vigo County Sheriff's Department for an unrelated civil matter.

On Aug. 12, Blystone was taken into custody again on an arrest warrant issued against him in Clay Circuit Court for the July incident, including class D felony neglect of a dependent and class B misdemeanor criminal recklessness.

On Aug. 16, Blystone appeared in court with his attorney to plead not guilty in both cases. Jury trials were tentatively scheduled (one for the June incident on Oct. 19 and another for the July incident on Nov. 19) and a no contact order was issued on behalf of the victims. Consecutive bonds were each set at $7,000 with 10 percent allowed and Blystone was ordered to obey all laws upon his release.

According to official documents, the bonds in both cases were processed on Aug. 19 and Blystone was released to await further court proceedings.

After appearing for a pre-trial conference with his attorney at the Clay County Courthouse the afternoon of Oct. 19, the Parke County Sheriff's Department investigated a report involving Blystone and an unidentified female victim a few hours later.

According to information in the probable cause filed in the matter, the female and Blystone allegedly got into a verbal argument after she arrived at his home. At some point during a struggle, the female reported Blystone hit her in the eye, causing visible injury.

Taken into custody and booked into the Parke County Jail the early morning hours of Oct. 20, Blystone was charged with a class A misdemeanor charge of battery resulting in bodily injury.

Appearing in Parke County Circuit Court on Oct. 21, Blystone told the court he would hire his own counsel and an initial not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. A no contact order was issued on behalf of the victim and bond was set at $5,000 with no 10 percent allowed.

However, after defense attorney Michael G. Stites filed a motion for a bond reduction on Blystone's behalf, the court allowed his bond to be reduced to $5,000 with 10 percent allowed on Oct. 26.

Meanwhile, after learning of Blystone's newest arrest, the Clay County Prosecutor's Office filed a petition to temporarily revoke both of his bonds on Oct. 25. An arrest warrant was granted and issued for Blystone, which was served at the Parke County Jail by the CCSD on Nov. 2.

Appearing in Clay Circuit Court on Nov. 3, Blystone was present when evidence was provided to the court regarding the newest arrest. Both bonds were revoked and he was remanded into custody of the Clay County Sheriff's Department to await further court proceedings, which includes a scheduled jury trial on Nov. 29.

Blystone is scheduled to appear in Parke County Circuit Court for a status of counsel hearing on Nov. 15.

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Do I understand this correctly? He beat up a girl and then she let him watch her kid? If so, she should not have custody of the poor thing anymore. What has happened to this generation? Oh I know - reality tv has made this crap look "normal" and education is lacking severely. I never thought for one moment I deserved to be hit, and would NOT put up with it. The kids are the ones who pay the most.

-- Posted by localgal on Fri, Nov 5, 2010, at 11:43 PM

bert its ashamed you had so much goin for you

-- Posted by daniel89 on Sat, Nov 6, 2010, at 12:00 AM

It's also a shame, DANIEL. I have to agree with LOCALGAL on this (as well as the others) .. what "mother" would allow a man who beats HER to watch her 4yo child after the child witnessed the first incident??

Babies having babies without learning fundamental sacrifices for your children. CPS should be on top of this and remove that child from the abusive life he's endured for 4 years. There's time to save him .. not this guy or the mother.

-- Posted by Emmes on Sat, Nov 6, 2010, at 12:57 AM

This guy has a real problem, perhaps someone should smack him a couple of times and tell him "we don't hit!" Nah...if he hasn't figured it out by now, you couldn't beat the knowledge into him.

I have to agree with those who have said the mother should be smart enough not to leave a child with him.I really cannot understand people who do that and expect nothing to happen.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Nov 6, 2010, at 2:36 AM

What the heck is wrong with people now a days... I believe that the mother should have been charged as well. I believe she put her child in harms way. Isn't that child endangerment? I always hear how CPS is under staffed after a child is involved. Well maybe some of the County would be better spent on protecting the children of our county and not spending it on new police vehicles and such...

-- Posted by Clay County Opinion on Sat, Nov 6, 2010, at 8:32 AM

Amen, Freedom1

-- Posted by olmedic on Sat, Nov 6, 2010, at 10:06 AM

I may be off base here, but I would like to know why this Mother hasn`t been arrested for child endangerment,she knowingly allowed this punk back in the house after he had slammed her head in the door.

This guy isnt a man at all,especially doing that to a small child.She had to know his violence.

Apparantly he held himself as BAD DUDE,because he was so tough.

-- Posted by T-REX on Sat, Nov 6, 2010, at 12:24 PM

I had to read it a couple of times but this sentence, "Blystone, who was apparently taking care of the aforementioned child, allegedly placed the 4-year-old in a situation that endangered the child's life by "tossing (the child), causing (the child) to strike a wall." makes it sound like it was first the mother was beat up in front of the child, then the mother left this idiot care for her child and he hurt the child.

It is not clear if it was the same woman for the 3rd incident. I sure hope not, hopefully she wised up.

-- Posted by localgal on Sat, Nov 6, 2010, at 6:17 PM

You are all wanting this man to hang and the article says "allegations". Shouldnt we wait and see if he is found guilty first. I agree that a man should not lay a hand on a women or a child, but I live in a country that we are innocent until proven guilty. If he didnt do this then his reputation is scared, but if he did he needs to pay the price!!

-- Posted by HappyTimes on Sat, Nov 6, 2010, at 10:16 PM

You are right HappyTimes, he is innocent till proven guilty - but I also seriously doubt he was set up three different times. If he did what he did, then I totally agree with you he should be punished. But we can be pretty sure someone hurt that lady and child. My biggest issue lies there. Women who put up with abuse and expose their children to that environment are guilty too. When you are a parent, you just don't get hit, your kids do too. When you are a parent and have a drug/alcohol problem, your kids do too. When you date/live with a unstable person, your kids do too. When you are a parent, you stop living for yourself and you live for your kids' well being. Neglect is not a new thing but it is an epidemic now. In trying to help families, the government (or other family members) have somehow enabled bad parents to keep living for themselves by supplying their basic needs for generations in some cases... I know that is more of a political issue, but it is a big part of the problem.

-- Posted by localgal on Sat, Nov 6, 2010, at 10:37 PM

There is a situation I left out, spousal abuse. The system gives an abusive person way too many chances to keep abusing. I don't know the above situation personally, but if they were married and he beat her and still got visitation rights, the system is what failed.

Through the decades we have seen where both men and women harassed a spouse and eventually killed them. When a person is set on torturing another, a restraining order gives little comfort. It seems there are emotional problems that have to be addressed in an abusive person, and they should have to be made to deal with them.

The bottom line is be very careful who you let into your life, and if they show signs of abuse or control issues... RUN AWAY.

-- Posted by localgal on Sun, Nov 7, 2010, at 8:42 AM


And many kids who have suffered abuse grow up to be abusers themselves. A parent who thinks that dysfunction in the household [I cannot bring myself to call it a home] is ok, does not realize that if that is all a child has experienced, that that will be their "normal" to model after when they are spouses and parents.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Sun, Nov 7, 2010, at 4:01 PM

I dont see were it says any of the victims were the childs mother. I think they let people get by way to much with being abusive.

-- Posted by kd323 on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 7:38 AM

While it's true "allegations" are not a conviction, I would ask how were the charges determined, if this man was watching a 4yo child alone? Who told the police what happened, the mother? Who told her?

This MAY have been an accident (tossing the child and causing the child to strike a wall), but past behavior is a prediction of future behavior.

The common denominator with all 3 allegations (past/present) is this guy. I seriously doubt all three victims hate this guy enough to ruin his life.

LOCALGAL .. you make very valid points and seem to have witnessed this type of behavior in some form. If that's true, I'm very happy you were able to get away from it.

FREEDOM!! I was using the term loosely! GAWD! ; ) No, any male who would do this is not a man in my eyes.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 11:57 AM


Thankfully no, I have never been in that horrible position. But you don't have to look to hard to see it all around you. It crossed my mind that the simple placement of the word "but" makes all the difference... You can say, "but I love him" which means you accept the abuse or you can say "I love him but" which means that you do not excuse it and leave. The question for an abused person is: do I respect myself and my children or future children enough to get out? Jenny made a good point, if you grow up watching it you think it is "normal".

-- Posted by localgal on Tue, Nov 9, 2010, at 11:57 PM

well i hope the judge makes the wife/gf have medical files on the child because i bet if a 21 year old hit a 4yr old child through the wall he would be pretty bad i honestly dont think he did anything maybe the wife or gf is just wanting revenge and i also know that the other girl he "hit" was pretty intoxicated!!! when it ''happened''

-- Posted by hondaman on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 8:03 PM

Not "through the wall", HONDA .. "striking the wall". If he didn't "do anything", he wouldn't have been arrested. There was enough probable cause to make the arrest .. so something happened.

I remember my sister and I used to tie each other up with socks (hands/feet) and then one around our eyes and mouth. I was tied up on the bed and was trying to roll around to get my hands free when I fell off the bed and my head "struck the wall". Hole in the wall, bump on my head. That's what I mean by an accident. Is that what happened here? I don't know.

LOCAL .. I'm happy to hear that. You're right .. the word "but" makes all the difference in the world. Well put. Not sure I can say that if you grow up watching it that you "think it's normal". I think you might think you have a RIGHT to do it .. but not that you think it's normal. I can't wrap my head around anyone thinking this is normal .. but I didn't grow up in an abusive home (thank Heavens).

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Nov 11, 2010, at 11:08 AM

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