Dentist, wife arrested for neglect, confinementOctober 5, 2017
By BILL POWELL
The Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office is evaluating the case against a Huntingburg dentist and his wife arrested on preliminary criminal confinement and neglect charges to determine what formal charges to file.
According to the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, officers were transporting 57-year-old Alan P. Friz, 5275 W Co Rd 700 S, to court Thursday for an appearance when they noticed 36-year-old Aimee Friz, also of that address west of Huntingburg, outside the courthouse.
Aimee Friz was arrested on the same preliminary charges as Alan Friz: Level 5 felony neglect of a dependent and Level 6 felony criminal confinement.
Alan and Aimee Friz were briefly in Dubois Circuit Court for an initial appearance Thursday that was continued for 72 hours at the request of the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office. They are being held at the Dubois County Security Center.
The case began with a 10:40 a.m. call Wednesday reporting an unruly juvenile at the residence on County Road 700S.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department made contact with the female juvenile in question as well as Alan and Aimee Friz and then requested assistance from the Dubois County Office of Family and Children Services.
The juvenile reportedly told authorities she had been in the house playing with a ball when her grandfather became angry. In court documents, the juvenile reported the ball bounced toward her grandfather, he kept it and the situation intensified.
The grandfather reportedly told authorities the other children were in the living room attending to daily studies when the juvenile bouncing the ball in the kitchen became disruptive, according to court documents.
Court documents indicate Aimee told authorities she and Alan Friz worried about the juvenile’s behavior.
Aimee allegedly told authorities the juvenile had made the comment of killing her (Aimee’s) unborn child and killing her as well, according to court documents.
During a forensic interview conducted with the assistance of the Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office, the juvenile alleged she slept in a cage at night and was locked in it with a chain and a combination lock. She reported she was let back out in the morning.
After completing the interview with the juvenile, the sheriff’s department sought and received a search warrant from Dubois Circuit Court.
Troopers with the Indiana State Police were requested to assist deputies with the resulting search.
Authorities say a closet area of a bedroom was found to have been converted into a lockable cage where the juvenile was allegedly kept for extended periods of time.
The 4-by-8 cage is described in court documents as having a mattress and a label on its front door indicating it was the juvenile’s cage. It did not have running water or electricity. The juvenile had reportedly been given a pan so she could use it to go to the bathroom, according to court documents.
When the juvenile’s report of the cage was confirmed, authorities said, Alan Friz was taken into custody.
The probable cause affidavit in the case alleges Alan Friz told authorities the juvenile had been locked up at night for her safety. He allegedly stated that the juvenile had made threats about killing his wife and the baby. He also allegedly said he feared the juvenile could get out and harm the other children.
During the investigation, authorities learned 24-year-old Kenneth L. Le Fevre rents a room at the residence. The sheriff’s department requested he come to the scene, according to court documents.
The sheriff’s department is alleging Le Fevre became difficult to deal with and disruptive during the execution of the search warrant. He was asked to leave the property but reportedly refused, according to the sheriff’s department.
Le Fevre reportedly had to be physically removed by deputies from inside the residence. The sheriff’s department said he was given multiple opportunities to leave or face arrest.
The sheriff’s department said Le Fevre’s refusal to leave the property continued and his actions caused the scene to become very chaotic. Le Fevre was taken into custody on a preliminary misdemeanor count of resisting law enforcement and was booked into Dubois County Security Center at 7:43 p.m.
Under the law, the sheriff’s department noted, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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