Mount Vernon Couple Arrested for Child Neglect

(POSEY CO.) – Indiana State Police initiated a criminal investigation after the Indiana Department of Child Services removed John and Tammy Crowe’s children from their Mt. Vernon residence on November 13th due to dangerous and deplorable conditions.

John Crowe

ISP arrested 55-year-old John Crowe, and his wife 53-year-old Tammy Crowe, of 118 West 9th St., on a felony charge neglect of a dependent.

Tammy Crowe

During the investigation, Indiana State Police Detective Wes Kuykendall and Trooper Trey Stewart revealed that Crowe’s nine and eight-year-old sons were living in the upstairs portion of the residence and were often locked upstairs for long periods of time. There were several large holes in the walls and no electrical service to the light fixtures upstairs. There was one portable light set up and powered by an extension cord.

The boys were also required to use a plastic jug when they had to use the restroom because there wasn’t a restroom upstairs. The glass in a bedroom window was missing, exposing the boys to the outside elements and cold temperatures. The upstairs bedroom was heated only by an electric fan mounted near the stairwell downstairs when the door was open and not locked.

The Posey County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the investigation and issued arrest warrants for Tammy and John Crowe. They were arrested this evening at their residence without incident. They were both taken to the Posey County Jail where they are currently being held on bond.

Investigating Officers: Detective Wes Kuykendall and Trooper Trey Stewart

Assisting Agency: Mt. Vernon Police Department