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Caretaker accused of abusing severely disabled men

Posted at 5:32 PM, Aug 31, 2017

FISHERS, Ind. -- Fishers police arrested a 23-year-old Tipton man accused of abusing two severely disabled men while he was their overnight caretaker.

Michael Anderson was charged earlier this month with two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury and two counts of battery resulting in bodily injury to a disabled person stemming from an alleged incident on May 29.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case, two men with severe mental and physical disabilities who were under Anderson’s care that evening were found to have suffered injuries to their faces and torsos, included facial fractures and swollen eyes.

Both men were taken to the emergency room for treatment.

According to the affidavit, Anderson initially claimed the men had harmed themselves, but eventually admitted to police he had a “meltdown” and had struck both of the men several times.

Anderson also reportedly told police he knew he should have contacted someone to get the men medical care, but that he didn’t.

Formal charges were filed against Anderson on Aug. 4. He was arrested on Aug. 10 and is currently in custody at the Hamilton County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

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