TERRE HAUTE —
Two individuals arrested recently for child neglect have been released from the Vigo County Jail and ordered to have no contact with their children.
Jennifer Termine, 40, and her father, Norval Sollars, 71, were arrested Nov. 27 on charges of neglect of dependents. On Wednesday, both defendants appeared in Vigo Superior Court 6 where Judge Michael Lewis set a trial date of May 21 for Termine and a trial date of May 27 for Sollars.
According to The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a report of a family altercation — with Termine being reported as threatening to shoot family members with a gun — in the 7500 block of Pottsville Road in northwestern Vigo County.
But upon arrival, police found no weapons on Termine, who is the mother of a 19-year-old autistic daughter and two sons, 16 and 13. Another of Termine’s children, a 21-year-old daughter, was also reportedly living at the residence, police said.
A police investigation revealed that the 19-year-old autistic female and the 13-year-old male had been in a physical dispute. The 21-year-old daughter joined the altercation when the 13-year-old male struck her in the head with a walking cane, police said. The older daughter suffered a minor contusion to her head and was later transported by Trans Care to Union Hospital, police said.
As the investigation continued, officers said they observed “deplorable and hazardous living conditions” that the children were subjected to, including cats running loose in the residence and the presence of animal feces and cockroaches throughout the house. Roach-covered food was on the floor, and nearly every living space of the home was filled with garbage, police said.
Termine faces two class-D felony counts of neglect of a dependent, related to her two minor children.
Sollars faces one class-D felony count of neglect of a dependent, related to his minor child living in the home.
Termine was ordered released from jail on her own recognizance. Sollars, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, had already been released from jail.