An Indiana woman has been charged with murder in connection with the death of her five-year-old son and molesting a nine-year-old girl. accordingly several local Messages reportscourt records and a state police force press release.
According to a court record and local jail records reviewed by Law&Crime, Chelsea L.Crossland, 27, of South Western Avenue in Portland, Indiana, is charged with murder, neglect of a loved one resulting in death and child molestation. The charges were filed Wednesday by the Jay County Attorney’s Office. A preliminary hearing was held on Thursday, and Crossland is scheduled to appear back in court on May 31, the filing said.
Citing court documents, Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN reported that was the dead boy’s name Christian Querland. His sister reportedly told authorities that the accused had “beaten, beaten and choked” Christian and would “punish” him by preventing him from eating “for days,” according to WXIN.
The case unfolded when authorities were called to South Western Avenue on March 24 after the defendant claimed her son had fallen and became unresponsive, WXIN reported.
The house in which the child lived was “unkempt and dirty,” according to the television station addedand the boy was “wearing only a diaper.”
Citing an autopsy report and court records, the star press called that the boy died of “complications from blunt trauma to (the head and mouth)”. Court documents also said the boy had “numerous bruises and bruises on his body and abrasions and injuries on his face.” per newspaper.
Authorities also claimed that “the child was ‘not thriving’ and was malnourished and dehydrated,” WXIN added. The defendant allegedly failed to call for help immediately and spoke of “disposing of” the boy’s body, according to multiple reports.
Indiana State Police called it helped with the call, which came in around 11:30 p.m. on the date in question. This is what this agency published at the time:
Officers from the Portland Police Department responded to a home on the 600 block of South Western Avenue in Portland, IN around 11:30 p.m. last night for a call from a five-year-old child who didn’t respond. The Portland Police Department urged Indiana State Police investigators to respond, and the State Police took over the investigation.
An autopsy was performed earlier today at Ft. wayne This is an ongoing and active investigation and there is no further information to be released at this time. The Indiana State Police continue to work closely with the Portland Police Department, the Jay County Attorney’s Office and the Indiana Department of Child Services as these investigations continue.
Authorities also say the defendant molested a 9-year-old girl when the girl was about seven, according to the WXIN report.
Portland, Indiana is approximately south of Fort Wayne and one hour and 45 minutes northeast of Indianapolis.
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https://lawandcrime.com/crime/indiana-woman-charged-with-murdering-her-5-year-old-told-victims-father-she-wished-the-beaten-and-malnourished-boy-was-dead-reports/ Chelsea Crossland is charged with the murder of her 5-year-old boy