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November 13, 2012

New Albany man faces up to 14 years in prison on domestic assault charges

Young father charged in strangulation, battery of his children’s mother

NEW ALBANY — A 21-year-old New Albany man is facing three felony charges after police responded to his home on a domestic dispute call.

Ethan M. Haycraft, of 512 McArthur Drive, is believed by the New Albany Police Department to have assaulted the mother of his two children, with whom he has a 6-year relationship, in their home Oct. 26. Haycraft had left the residence before police arrived, but a warrant for his arrest, stemming from the alleged assault, was issued in Floyd County Superior Court No. 1 on Nov. 1.

The warrant was served by Floyd County Sheriff’s Office deputies at Haycraft’s home Friday, Nov. 9. He was booked into Floyd County Jail later in the day.

According to a probable-cause affidavit drafted by an officer with NAPD, police were dispatched to the couple’s home Oct. 26 and spoke with the mother of Haycraft’s children. When the officer arrived, all of the lights in the home were turned off, and the officer found the breaker box had been flipped to the off position. The woman said Haycraft had shut off power to the house from the breaker box.

The officer turned the power back on and continued talking with the woman, who was “sobbing and visibly shaken,” according to the affidavit. She told the officer that an argument began when Haycraft was discussing disciplining their 4-year-old daughter. The woman told Haycraft that she didn’t want to take part in the conversation because she was tired. Haycraft responded by leaning over and screaming in her face, according to the report.

“She stated while he was screaming he was slamming his forehead into her face,” the officer noted in the probable cause affidavit.

The woman then told the officer that Haycraft blocked her path to a door as she attempted to leave the home. She also said that Haycraft raised a closed fist threatening to strike her. He then grabbed the woman by her throat, which made it difficult for her to breath, she told the police. Haycraft then told the woman he would kill her if she left, she told the officer.

The woman was then able to get to their 4-year-old daughter’s room.

“She said that Ethan [Haycraft] was throwing the television and breaking everything in the house,” according to the affidavit.

The woman was then able to leave the house to take the girl to a neighbor’s home. When she returned to the home to pick up their 4-month-old son, she found Haycraft with a knife, according to the affidavit.

“She stated that she grabbed a pan to defend herself. [Haycraft] shoved her back onto the couch, and he was standing over her wielding the knife in a menacing manner. [Haycraft] took the pan from her and hit her in the head with it, breaking the handle,” according to the report.

The officer noted in the report that the woman’s neck and upper chest were very red and the marks appeared to be consistent with being choked aggressively. The woman’s cheeks were red and starting to swell, the officer also noted. The officer also included in the affidavit that he was approached by a witness a short time after the incident.

“[The witness] told me that he saw [Haycraft] punch [the woman] three times in the face,” according to the report.

The witness also told the officer that he was very close and had a clear view.

Haycraft’s FaceBook page shows two post made Oct. 26, the day of the reported assault.

At 3:21 p.m., the following message was posted, “lost confused n out off choises.”

At 3:28 p.m. another message was posted, “pretty sure i lost everything i love for good y do i have to be so (expletive) stupid crazy foreal y”

Haycraft has been charged in Floyd County Superior Court No. 1 with intimidation — defendant draws or uses a deadly weapon as threat made, a class C felony; domestic battery— committed in presence of a child less than 16 years old, a class D felony; and strangulation, a class D felony.

Officials with the Floyd County jail said Tuesday afternoon that Haycraft remained incarcerated at the facility. Haycraft is scheduled to return to the court for a pretrial conference at 9 a.m. Dec. 11.

No attorney was listed for Haycraft in online court records.

If found guilty of the three felony charges, Haycraft could be sentenced to a maximum of 14 years in the Indiana Department of Correction.

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