Warrant charges Huntingburg man with neglect

From Local Sources


HUNTINGBURG — The Huntingburg Police Department took a man into custody Monday on a warrant charging him with neglect of a dependant.

Court documents indicate Huntingburg police began an investigation the afternoon of Saturday, Jan. 26, when a man and a woman contacted authorities after finding a 17-month-old child running in the street in a diaper when the temperature was 30 degrees. The woman coming to the victim’s aid wrapped the child in a blanket. Police reported the shivering child clung to the woman even after police arrived.

Police who started knocking on doors said, after several minutes, the child’s father, Timothy D. Thacker, 24, 403 E. Second Ave., Lot No. 39, came to answer.

Thacker allegedly stated he had been sleeping on the couch and did not know the child could open the door yet, according to police.

Officers who noted unsanitary, messy conditions in the home called in Child Protective Services. Court documents indicated a safety plan was created to allow children to stay in the home.

On Feb. 22, an arrest warrant was issued in Dubois Circuit Court charging Thacker with two Level 6 felony counts of neglect, one pertaining to the child being unsupervised and improperly clothed outside the residence and the other for allowing children to stay in a residence that was unsanitary and/or unsafe.

Authorities booked Thacker into the Dubois County Security Center at 4:58 p.m. on the active warrant. He posted bond later in the afternoon.

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