Arrest made when woman violates protective order in child abuse case

SPRINGVILLE – A Springville woman was arrested after she violated a protective order.

Cherry Blattert

Police arrested 40-year-old Cherry Blattert on Friday after a warrant was issued for her arrest on a charge of invasion of privacy.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on December 1, 2021, the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Chief Investigator Andrew Tillet spoke with a Department of Child Services Family Case Manager who reported she went to a home in the 190 block of Armstrong Station Road in Springville about an incident that occurred during a supervised visit.

The male told the caseworker that his mother Cherry Blattert, saw his sister had checked out a “bad book” from the library. The male said the book was titled “Secret” or something in that natrue and he could not recall the correct title. The male said the family had addressed the issue.

There is an active protective order stating Blattert is to have no contact with the female. That order was served on November 18, 2019, when she was arrested on felony charges of child abuse.

In November 2019, Indiana State Police began their investigation after the Indiana Department of Child service requested their assistance in a report of physical abuse of juveniles living in a home on Armstrong Station Road in Springville.

Police say 42-year-old Scott Blattert Jr and 38-year-old Cherry Blattert are the parents of 9 children.

Interviews were conducted, then a search warrant was obtained and executed at the residence on November 1, 2019.

A Lawrence County Superior Court I probable cause affidavit indicates investigators were shown a videotape of Scott Blattert hitting one of the couple’s girls with a belt approximately 25 times. This is just one of the pieces of evidence obtained by investigators.

Scott Blattert

The girl appears to be facing Blattert as he delivered blows to the left side of her body from the shoulder down. The affidavit does not indicate who recorded the video.

According to the affidavit, the video also shows Scott Blattert punching the child in the face and pushing her to the ground. He then elbow strikes the back of the child’s head. Two toddlers can be seen entering the room and Cherry enters to try and remove them. The incident is believed to have taken place in September 2019.

Following Scott Blattert’s arrest, the eldest child, who is 15, was interviewed at a child advocacy center in Bloomington. She told investigators that her parents discipline the children with industrial-grade glue sticks which are used in glue guns. She said the sticks were hidden on top of the fireplace mantle and when the family expected a visit from the Department of Child Services (DCS), the glue sticks were hidden in Scott and Cherry’s bedroom. Scott had determined after experimenting with wooden spoons and dowel rods that glue sticks caused the most pain and left the least amount of markings.

The eldest child also said Scott and Cherry told the children that DCS works against religious people. The family recently moved from one home to another because a DCS worker lived nearby, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said the children were homeschooled, and Cherry handles the discipline of “minor accidents or behavior issues” by striking the children with the glue sticks. Cherry keeps a list of the issues and gives it to Scott when he gets home from work, and Scott then hits the children with the glue sticks or a belt, the affidavit said.

Scott slammed the children against the wall because they were not behaving during “Cherry’s religious speech,” and he choked one of the children until she couldn’t breathe, the affidavit detailed.

Cherry reportedly would photograph the children’s injuries and markings with a camera she kept in the couple’s bedroom, where the children were not allowed to go, according to the affidavit. The only phone in the home was in the bedroom, as well.

The affidavit said the couple warned the children not to speak with DCS about the abuse “because it will ruin the whole family.” During one DCS visit, one of the children told the investigator “a little too much information” and Scott got his belt to “deal with it,” and he struck two of the children repeatedly as he yelled that they were going to “ruin the whole family,” the affidavit said.

One child kept a diary of the abuse and hid it inside her mattress, the affidavit said.

Blattert was arrested on felony charges of aggravated battery when the assault poses a substantial risk of death, strangulation, three counts of domestic battery resulting in moderate bodily injury, and five counts of domestic battery with bodily injury to a person under the age of 14.

He posted a $5,000 cash bond and was released from the Lawrence County Jail on November 8, 2019. A no-contact order with his children was issued by Lawrence County Superior Court I Judge John Plummer III. The Court entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Blattert. He is scheduled for a pretrial conference on January 10, 2022, at 1 p.m. in Lawrence County Superior Court 1.

Cherry Blattert faces a felony charge of neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury and a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. She posted a $2,000 cash bond and was released from the Lawrence County Jail on November 26, 2019. The Court entered a not guilty plea on her behalf and she is scheduled for a pretrial conference on January 10, 2022, in Lawrence County Superior Court 1. Judge Plummer also issued a no-contact order with her children. On December 13, 2021, the State filed a motion to revoke her bail.