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Third suspect in case of severe child abuse arrested and charged; Bond set at $50,000 cash only

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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Brandon Lee Stringer
Following the arrest a little over a week ago of two suspects accused of causing multiple injuries to a child, the Linton Police Department continued the investigation and last Thursday, a third suspect was taken into custody.

Brandon Lee Stringer, 26, Linton, was arrested by LPD Detective Josh Goodman and booked into the Greene County Jail around 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Det. Goodman arrested Michael Sean Liechty, 29, and Bonnie Rene Bambi Lynn Irvin, 19, both of Linton, a week earlier. Both were charged with felonies involving allegations of severe abuse and are being held on $75,000 cash-only bonds.

All three suspects are accused of abusing the same child.

Stringer was arrested at the conclusion of an interview at the Linton Police Department. Police say he was dishonest at first about what he had observed taking place in the home of Liechty and Irvin, and his involvement, but later admitted to whipping the child.

Stringer is reported to be a friend of Liechty.

According to an affidavit to establish probable cause, prepared by Det. Goodman, Stringer admitted to thrusting the child up into the air causing the child's head to hit the ceiling. He also admitted he was trying to scare the child when he held the child against a wall and punched a hole through the wall next to the child. In addition, he allegedly said he saw the child being physically abused by Irvin.

Stringer was held without bond pending his first appearance in court.

The Greene County Prosecutor's Office filed a criminal case against Stringer in Greene Superior Court on Friday and Stringer appeared before Judge Dena Martin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

During his initial hearing, Stringer was charged with: Neglect of a dependent, a class C felony; battery resulting in bodily injury to a victim less than 14 years of age, a class D felony; and intimidation involving a threat to commit a forcible felony, a class D felony.

Judge Martin ordered Stringer to be held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

In Irvin's case, a public defender filed a motion last week to reduce her bond -- $75,000 cash only, and last Thursday, the motion was denied by Judge Martin.

Det. Goodman has been leading the ongoing investigation, with assistance from LPD Officers Jason Wilson and Tom Jerrels. Other agencies including the Department of Child Services (DCS) are also involved.