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.