News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 23, 2013

Man accused of child neglect gets new trial date

Tribune-Star staff report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — An Oct. 15 trial date has been set for a Terre Haute man arrested in November for child neglect after he and his wife allegedly tied up and confined their adopted children in the family home.

Larry Russell, 39, appeared via video for a hearing in Vigo Superior Court 1 on Wednesday, where Judge John Roach ordered that Russell is allowed to have supervised visits with his biological son.

His wife Nikki Russell, 36, recently received a new trial date of Aug. 26.

The Russells both remain incarcerated in the Vigo County Jail with bail set at $100,000 cash only.

Russell and his wife Nikki were arrested Nov. 23, 2012 after police investigated statements made by a 17-year-old boy, who said he escaped his adoptive parents’ home on North 12th Street by breaking out a second-floor window. The teen told police that he and his siblings were tied to beds using rope and duct tape, that they were deprived of food, and that they had been beaten.

Both Larry and Nikki Russell face six counts of child neglect and five counts of criminal confinement. Nikki Russell also faces two counts of battery by bodily waste and one count of battery resulting in bodily injury for a total of 14 criminal charges.