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Indianapolis police officer faces battery charges in Hancock County

Posted: 5:43 PM, May 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-03 17:55:02-04

GREENFIELD —- A 30-year-old member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department is expected in court on Monday.

Derek Ethridge is charged with battery in a Hancock County case involving his nine-year-old daughter.

The little girl was staying at Ethridge's Greenfield home last month when, according to a police report, Ethridge spanked her a number of times when she wouldn't go to sleep.

The spankings left bruises on the girl's bottom which caught the attention of the child's grandmother and mother.

The Department of Child Services got involved and Greenfield Police called Ethridge in for questioning, after which charges were filed.

He is currently on administrative leave from IMPD, according to a department public information officer.