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Sunday, March 8, 2009

[IN] Deputy Eghan & the woman he shacks with so rightly arrested

...[Marion County sheriff's deputy Sydney] Eghan cuffed the boy's hands behind his back, using a method that most officers wouldn't use on a prisoner... Police say as the boy moved his hands, the cuffs got tighter... According to police reports, the boy's arms and wrist were swelling... [His mother Betsy] Chestnut called 911, not to ask for medical help, but calling to speak to her fiance...

Last update: 11:29 a.m. EDT March 8, 2009
[Excerpts] Police allege a 12-year-old Indianapolis boy was handcuffed for six hours by a Marion County sheriff's deputy who wanted to teach him a lesson. The boy would have remained in handcuffs longer had his mother not called 911 to say the cuffs had tightened and were cutting off circulation to her son's arms, said Sgt. Matthew Mount of the Indianapolis police. "He was in some pretty serious pain," Mount said. Deputy Sydney S. Eghan, 24, and Betsy Chestnut, 30, the boy's mother, were arrested Saturday and charged with child neglect, The Indianapolis Star reported Sunday. Eghan and Chestnut are engaged and share a home with the boy, said Mount, alleging Chestnut agreed to let Eghan handcuff the boy, arms behind his back, for stealing a cell phone from a family friend... [Full article here]

Couple Say They Were Disciplining Boy
POSTED: 8:11 pm EST March 7, 2009
UPDATED: 10:22 pm EDT March 8, 2009
[Excerpts] Investigators said the couple handcuffed Chestnut's son for more than six hours as a discipline measure, leaving him alone for nearly two hours of that time. "He tried to sleep, he couldn't. He couldn't use the restroom, he wouldn't be able to call for help with the telephone because the fact that his hands were behind his back," said Lt. Jeffrey Duhamell... Eghan and Chestnut were arrested that their home. The children were put in the care of child services... [Full article here]

Richard Essex
March 8, 2009
updated less than 1 minute ago
[Excerpts] ...Police say 24-year-old Sydney Eghan used his department-issued handcuffs on his girlfriend's 12-year-old son. He cuffed the boy behind his back around 8 p.m. Friday and left for work at the Marion County Jail. The boy's mother, 30-year-old Betsy Chestnut, told police that Eghan handcuffed the boy as punishment... "The mother explained to him that what he had done was stolen the cell phone and wanted him to be taken to juvenile," IMPD Sgt. Matt Mount said. "Her fiance, who is also a Marion County corrections officer, stated no, they would take care of it there in house." Investigators say Eghan cuffed the boy's hands behind his back, using a method that most officers wouldn't use on a prisoner. "It appears that he failed to double-lock the handcuffs," Sgt. Mount said. "It's what's normally done when handcuffs are placed on a prisoner. That makes sure that those handcuffs cannot tighten down any further." Police say as the boy moved his hands, the cuffs got tighter and became painful. He woke up around 2 a.m. crying, asking for help. "[The boy] was suffering some pretty serious pain from some handcuffs that had been placed on his wrist, but worked their way up to the forearm to the point the mother was not able to move them," said Sgt. Mount. According to police reports, the boy's arms and wrist were swelling and the pain kept him from sleeping... Chestnut called 911, not to ask for medical help, but calling to speak to her fiance. The dispatcher sent officers to the house anyway. The Marion County Sheriff's Department says they're launching their own internal investigation, since Eghan was one of their employees. They plan on looking into the incident and Eghan's personal car... Police lights are stacked and fastened inside the windshield and rear window of Eghan's personal Honda. His badge of authority is also in clear view in the front seat... [Full article here]


  1. What about the fact this guy had arrest lights in his personal vehicle??? That smacks of impersonating an officer. Remember this guy was just a corrections deputy, not a patrolman. Internal affairs is investigating this guy BIG TIME.

    Police Brutality

  2. I personally know both Sydney & Betsy and they are both stand up people. Her son has been having a lot of problems with both theft and other issues. Don't judge before you know the whole story and rely on the liberal papers and news. This was simply two adults trying to " SCARE STRAIGHT" a troubled youth. Sydney left for work and Betsy did not know where the key was, she was calling 911 as there was not direct number to reach him at the jail. Had the operator contacted Sydney as requested by Betsy, she would have learned the key was in the house. What happened to parents disciplining their kids? They did not beat him. They tried to scare him to show him what it would be like to be arrested. Back in the day, parents, cops, school officials could use tactics like this to "Scare Straight" kids. You are way off base here.

  3. there is NO EXCUSE especially those who serve the general public, to use excessive and VERY ABUSIVE means to disclipine a 12 year old child. The person who said the adults involved are great people needs to check into a mental hospital for a full 30 day evauation. FELLOW CHILD ABUSER, ARE YOU? Only reason to defend those sick adults is that you also are a child abuser and see the behavior as acceptable.E TU BRUTIS? O I apologize, I've mistaken you for a somewhat intelligent person you would'nt understand that statement. Hope you or your "friends" do not have any further contact with ANY children. Now that their children are taken from them, the only way to keep them safe, may other abusers/potential abusers see this is NOT the way to "teach a child a lesson".

  4. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO body could come through my BED to hurt MY children.

  5. AnonymousMay 03, 2009

    I agree with handcuffing the little punk. The only mistake made was not locking the handcuffs so they wouldn't tighten on his wrist. If he would have done that, it would have been acceptable punishment without the kid getting a record or going to juvie for being a thief.
    The anonymous writer who said it was "VERY ABUSIVE" must believe that they should spank the poor little boy with a pillow or maybe a pack of cotton balls. This should correct the little angel. When I was a kid, we got paddlings in school which I guarantee was much more harsh, and there was nowhere near the amount of stealing as there is in schools now. All that happened was his hands swole for a bit. He's fine. Maybe he will think before he tries to steal another cell phone.

  6. AnonymousJune 01, 2011

    How was he handcuffed? They say he used a method that cops don't use on suspects. If his hands were just cuffed behind his back the average kid could get them in front. If they where stacked in hinged cuffs he might not be able to get them in front and that methog is some what of a form of torture.


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