Welfare check leads to 6 arrested on warrantsAugust 3, 2018
From Local Sources
HUNTINGBURG — A welfare check on the status of a juvenile female last month has resulted in the warrant arrests this week of six Huntingburg residents on a variety of charges.
The Huntingburg Police Department began an investigation July 11 after receiving a report that a 14-year-old juvenile might want to harm herself and was thought to be under the influence of methamphetamine.
The juvenile was located and taken to receive care, according to court documents. The resulting police investigation focused on allegations of neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, plus alleged drug and sex offenses.
Warrants in the case were issued Tuesday out of Dubois Circuit Court and, on Wednesday and Thursday, five people were taken into custody.
Austin R. Elliott, 24, 609 E. First Ave., Huntingburg, is charged with a Level 1 felony count of child molesting.
Leonel A. Hernandez, 26, 911 S. Main St., Huntingburg, is charged with a Level 4 felony count of sexual misconduct with a minor and a Level 5 felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Cassandra B. Cole, 39, 609 1/2 E. Fifth St., Huntingburg, is charged with two Level 5 felony counts of neglect of a dependent, a Level 6 felony count of neglect of a dependent and a misdemeanor count of driving while suspended.
Trisha R. Kendall, 24, 113 E. 17th St., Huntingburg, is charged with a Level 5 felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and three misdemeanor counts of paraphernalia possession.
Chealsey A. Mattingly, 18, 408 N. Washington St., Huntingburg, is charged with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The Herald does not publish mugshots of individuals arrested on misdemeanor charges.
Cole, Elliott, Hernandez and Mattingly were booked into the Dubois County Security Center on their active warrants on Wednesday. Kendall was jailed Thursday afternoon on her warrant.
Police say a sixth person, Jessica Adams, 22, of Huntingburg was also taken into custody in relation to the case on Friday. Adams is preliminarily charged with a Level 5 felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The Dubois County Sheriff’s Department and Jasper Police Department assisted on the case.
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