Following an overnight methamphetamine binge, a couple got into a fight over laundry that included dog feces being thrown inside the Indiana home they share with their two small children, one of whom who was hit by the flying animal waste, police charge.
The revolting incident Tuesday morning resulted in the arrest of Terri Patterson, 23, and Nicholas Schelb, 29, for felony child neglect. Schelb was also charged with two battery counts.
When cops arrived at the duo’s Evansville residence, Patterson was locked outside and screaming and banging on the home’s rear door. According to a probable cause affidavit, Patterson’s feet were bleeding and she had “large clumps” of feces “in her hair as well as her face and clothing.”
During subsequent questioning, officers determined that during an argument over laundry, Schelb picked up dog waste from the floor and rubbed it on Patterson. He later threw more feces at her. In addition to striking the woman, the waste hit the couple’s younger child--who was in a baby seat--in the face and body.
A cop noted that the floor was littered with a broken coffee table, shattered glass, and animal feces. The couple’s older child, a one-year-old boy, had feces on the tops and bottoms of his feet and between his toes.
Schelb reportedly told an officer that he and Patterson had been “awake all night after smoking meth.” The children were removed by child welfare workers due to the home’s condition “as well as both Schelb and Patterson testing positive for using meth.”
Patterson and Schelb are both locked up in the Vanderburgh County jail.