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Indiana couple arrested for allegedly neglecting, abusing child

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SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana State Police says that a Farmersburg couple was arrested after law enforcement officials received information that an eight-month-old baby had been neglected and abused.

Investigators say they discovered that the eight-month-old had been neglected by the couple which resulted in injury, putting the baby in dangerous situations.

Warrants were issued by the Sullivan County Prosecutor for the arrests of 25-year-old Nancy Sperling of Farmersburg and 26-year-old Austin Barnard of Farmersburg.

Sperling is the mother of the infant and Barnard is Sperling’s boyfriend.

Sperling and Barnard are facing the following charges:

Nancy I. Sperling

  • Neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, Level 5 Felony
  • Neglect of a dependent placing dependent in situation that endangers the dependent, Level 6 Felony

Austin L. Barnard

  • Neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, Level 5 Felony
  • Neglect of a dependent placing a dependent in situation that endangers the dependent, Level 6 Felony
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