Last suspect involved in Clinton neglect case given maximum sentence


VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The last suspect who was arrested in connection to a child neglect case in Clinton was sentenced on Friday morning.

John Woolley, along with three other family members, were arrested in October of 2015 after four children were removed from a home at 604 Vine Street. Police say there was raw sewage, human and animal feces inside inside the home.

John Woolley, the father, is the last and final suspect to be sentenced.

Danielle Woolley, the mother, was sentenced in July to the maximum sentence of 64 years.  The Vermillion County judge stated she, “had inflicted a brutal, callous lifelong torture.”

Barbara Woolley, the grandmother, was sentenced in August after changing her plea to guilty and Gordon Woolley, the grandfather, has also been sentenced. Both will spend decades behind bars.

News 10’s Lindsey Yates was at the courthouse in Vermillion County for the sentencing. During the final statement made by the Prosecutor, he stated, “What we have here is evil in our presence.”

John Woolley was then sentenced to 64 years, the maximum sentence.

Officials report that all four kids who were removed from the home in Clinton are still unable to speak. Their conditions are improving, but we are told they have a long road of recovery ahead of them.

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