This morning at 11:30, Indiana State Police arrested a father and step-mother on felony allegations of child battery. The couple was arrested without incident and incarcerated in the Sullivan County Jail. 

Daniel Robert Williams, age 31, of 335 East State Street, Sullivan, IN. and Coral Leigh Mahnken, age 33, of the same address, were both charged with one count each of Battery of a Child Under 14, Level 6 felony. 

Indiana State Police received a request for assistance from the Indiana Department of Child Services and immediately initiated an investigation. During the course of the investigation, physical evidence suggested that on multiple occasions from Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10, 2017, the couple became upset with the actions of their seven-year-old daughter and battered her.  

The child has been removed from the home and is doing well with other family members. 

The case was investigated by ISP Detective Angie Hahn. Assisting were Indiana Department of Child Services Sullivan County, Sullivan County Prosecutor’s Office, Susie’s Place Child Advocacy Center of Terre Haute, and Master Trooper Jason Owen. 

Under the Law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.