Four Vermillion County family members arrested after children found living in squalid conditions


Four family members were arrested on charges of child neglect after four children in their home were discovered living in squalid conditions.

Indiana State Police and the Clinton Police Department were called to investigate the situation at 604 Vine St. in Clinton. John Paul Woolley, 31, Danielle Elizabeth Woolley, 31, Gordon M. Woolley, 57 and Barbara Jo Woolley, 52, were arrested on four Level 3 felony counts of Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury. All are being held at the Vermillion County Jail. 

John Paul and Danielle Woolley are the parents of the four children. Gordon Woolley and Barbara Jo Woolley are the mother and father of John Paul Woolley and his 29-year-old special needs brother, and the grandparents of the four children.

The charges stem from an investigation that started following an anonymous tip on October 19, 2015. When police and Department of Child Services workers arrived at the home, they immediately realized that the four children were in desperate need of help. The eight-year-old boy, five-year-old girl, four-year-old boy and two-year-old boy appeared malnourished, unclean and in need of possible medical attention.

The children were taken to Union Hospital in  Clinton for initial treatment and later transferred to Riley’s Children Hospital in Indianapolis. They are now in the custody of foster parents, and the special needs adult male is in custody of Adult Protective Services.

Police say the family has lived in the home for two years and never arranged medical care or education for the children.

A few days later, police executed a search warrant at the home and found filthy conditions. The windows were boarded up and human and animal feces were found throughout the home. Several cats were removed from the home by the Parke-Vermillion Humane Society.

The lead investigator was ISP Detective Don Anglin. Assisting were ISP Detective Angie Hahn and ISP Crime Scene Investigator Sergeant Jim Cody, numerous Putnamville District troopers, Clinton Police Chief Billy MacLaren and Patrolman Justin Nelson, Vermillion County Prosecutor’s Office, Vermillion County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Basil Ave, Vermillion County EMS, Parke and Vermillion Humane Society, and the Vermillion County Health Department.