DATE: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
SUBJECT: VCSO Arrests Man who Bit his Wife’s Children
CONTACT: Lt. Doug Daza
AUTHORITY: Sheriff David Wedding

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Evansville man on felony battery charges relating to an incident involving two young children.

On Monday, July 17, 2017 the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the mother of three children, ages five, seven and nine. The mother advised that on July 14, 2017 she had left her three children in the care of her husband (who is not the biological father of the children) while she worked from early in the morning until late in the evening. When she returned to their southeast side residence, she noticed injuries to the three and five year-old children. The nine year-old told her that the suspect, Timothy Roy Strickland, had injured them after getting mad.

When the mother questioned Strickland he denied hurting the children but did tell her, “If they are injured, they deserved it. Your kids are f**king brats.” Strickland also told the mother that if she left him he would kill her. The mother spent the night in children’s room and left with them to stay with family the next morning.

On Monday the mother met with Sheriff’s deputies and filed the report. Sheriff’s detectives and members of the Indiana Department of Child Services began an investigation. All three children were interviewed. Bruising consistent with bite marks was present on the face of the three year-old and there was additional bruising on the neck. Bruising consistent with a bite mark was present on the arm of the five year-old with additional bruising on the child’s face. The nine year-old told detectives that Strickland had covered the mouth and nose of the five year-old so that the child could not breathe. He removed his hand only once the nine year-old screamed at him to stop. The children did not know why Strickland assaulted them and said he was in a bad mood before he hurt them.

Strickland was located Monday evening and arrested on two counts of felony Domestic Battery and one count of Strangulation.


Timothy Roy Strickland (pictured above), 35, of Evansville. Domestic Battery Victim < 14 YOA as a Level 5 Felony (2 counts), Battery – Strangulation as a Level 6 Felony

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