CLARKSVILLE, Ind. — A police officer is facing multiple charges following a domestic dispute in which he allegedly pepper sprayed an infant.
Clarksville Police Officer Charles Edelen had a domestic dispute with his wife and the father of her child on Tuesday night in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
A police report states that Edelen threatened the child’s father with a gun. Edelen also pepper sprayed the child’s father and the child. The medical condition of the father and the infant is not known at this time.
Edelen is now facing charges of aggravated battery, domestic battery, and criminal recklessness. As aggravated battery is a Class B felony under Indiana law, he could face between six and twenty years in prison if convicted.
According to the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, pepper spray has been known to cause immediate, life-threatening injuries when exposed to young children.
Online court records show Edelen posted bond and is now free. A judge told Edelen that he is not permitted to possess any weapons or have contact with his victims, and ordered him to seek mental health treatment.