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IMPD Officer Who Strangled His Daughter Has Bond Reduced

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From WRTV-6:

INDIANAPOLIS — Bond was reduced Wednesday for an Indianapolis police officer who was arrested after allegedly battering his 11-year-old daughter last week. 

Andrew Dodds, 35, had been held on $100,000 bond. A Marion County judge reduced the bond to $7,500.   Dodds was charged with two counts of battery and one count of strangulation, all Class D felonies.

Police said the incident happened Feb. 10 inside a house in the 3500 block of Lisa Circle.   Investigators said Dodds’ 11- and 8-year-old daughters were visiting his home when he and the older girl got into an argument.

The girl told police that her father was saying bad things about her mother and that she was defending her and then accidentally spilled milk on his couch.   “(He was) dragging her off the couch, dragging her over the carpeted floor, giving her a rug burn,” said Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Helen Marchal. “She then left, went into her bedroom. Dodds then continued the violence by putting her in a choke hold, his hands around her neck, and lifted her off the floor.” 

Dodds declined to speak to reporters outside the courtroom, but his estranged wife, Heather, was visibly shaken as she testified that Andrew is a good father, but needs counseling. 

The officer’s attorney, Alan Ladd, decried what he called a rush to judgment against his client.   “I think the police department is very sensitive to these issues,” Ladd said. “I think they may have acted too quickly in this case.” 

Dodds does not have a prior criminal background. Indianapolis police suspended him without pay, pending termination. He has worked for the department for 4 ½ years.  (Does this give him a pass?)  Several officers were in court in support of Dodds, who was ordered not to contact his estranged wife or the daughter. 

Judge Kimberly Brown, who presided over the hearing, said she doesn’t think it was properly filed in domestic violence court.   “We believe that the victim and the witnesses will be best served by the services that we can offer with our deputy prosecutors who are trained to the sensitivity of these issues, as well as our victim advocates who are here in the courtroom,” Marchal said.

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Written by mothersoflostchildren

February 18, 2009 at 11:30 pm

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