Mt. Vernon couple jailed for child neglect

From Local Sources

John Crowe
Tammy Crowe

MT. VERNON — Police arrested a Mt. Vernon couple Friday evening on warrants charging them with felony neglect.

Indiana State Police launched an investigation against 53-year-old Tammy Crowe and 55-year-old John Crowe, both of 118 W. Ninth St., Mt. Vernon, after the Indiana Department of Child Services removed children from their home Nov. 13 because of what police called dangerous and deplorable conditions.

During the investigation, Detective Wes Kuykendall and Trooper Trey Stewart allegedly learned two boys under the age of 10 were living in the upstairs portion of the residence and were often locked upstairs for long periods of time. There were several large holes in the walls and no electrical service to the light fixtures upstairs, police said. There was one portable light set up and powered by an extension cord, authorities added.

Police also allege the boys were also required to use a plastic jug when they had to use the restroom because there wasn’t a restroom upstairs. The glass in a bedroom window was missing, exposing the boys to the outside elements and cold temperatures, police said. The upstairs bedroom was reportedly heated only by an electric fan mounted near the stairwell downstairs when the door was open and not locked.

The Posey County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the investigation and issued arrest warrants for Tammy and John Crowe. They were arrested Friday evening at their residence and booked into the Posey County Jail on Level 6 felony counts of neglect of a dependent.

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