A normal middle-class house in a normal middle-class neighborhood”

“It looked like a normal middle-class house in a normal middle-class neighborhood,” “She was a home-maker, and he worked in real estate and home loans. If you were to walk into their home and not know what happened, there was no indication of any abuse.” Is how police described the home. And they say there was no sign of drug use in the home.

In the home were Terry Indula, 26, and Chandy Indula, 27, and their two children ages newborn and one baby just a bit over 1 year old. Also in the home were a 3 year old and a 5 year old from a previous relationship Terry Indula had with Valerie Sanchez, 27, her whereabouts are unknown.

The couple called 911 on Sunday and reported the 3 year old was not breathing.

Police say the child’s injuries were extensive and brutal. They say she also had “possible welts that blistered up or actual burn marks from some type of hot liquid,” “She has these injuries pretty much all over her body.”

She reportedly had cuts, one cut on her arm was deep. She had injuries suggestive of being hit with an extension cord or other objects. And she had some half moon marks that were suggestive of someone being grabbed or squeezed by someone with long nails. But the greatest concern was her temperature. Her body core temperature was 79 degrees. That is not a typo, it was 79 degrees. Police speculate that a person could have such a low temperature from a prolonged exposure to the outside elements, being immersed in ice water for some time, or if her heart had stopped beating a number of times.

One thing stood out. Police say “I’ve seen a lot of child abuse cases where the child is abused in (one) certain way,” such as being hit with something or cut or burned. But they say this child had several different types of injuries. And they believe she had been tortured over several months.

Reportedly the newborn and the baby were free from injury, but the 5 year old had some low level bruising similar to the injuries of the 3 year old.

Medical personnel were able to get the girl’s breathing started and she was taken to the hospital and put into intensive care on life support. Reportedly there was some improvement Monday night, but police warn she is not out of the woods.

During questioning the Indula’s told police that the child’s mother had dropped her off two weeks previously, and that she was already injured. But after further questioning they allegedly admitted to the abuse.

Both Terry Indula and Chandy Indula have been charged with felony child abuse charges. And both have pleaded not guilty. Police say if the child does not survive, the charges will be upgraded.

Police are looking for Valerie Sanchez, 27. But they emphasize she is not a suspect. They are trying to find her because she is the victim’s mother and she needs to know what is going on. They say she may not have seen the children for 2 or more years.

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Apparently the child remains hospitalized. A defense attorney has petitioned the court for permission for his investigator to do a visual inspection of the child. The district attorney has said it was the doctor’s orders  the child cannot have any visitors, so the court is pending the arrainment until the doctor is contacted to see if permission can be given for  the investigator to visit.

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3 Comments

  1. silverside said,

    November 15, 2006 at 6:14 pm

    I HATE the newspaper articles that start out with the nice home in a nice neighborhood shtick. How stupid can you get, people? By no means is domestic violence/child abuse limited to just “underprivileged” people. In fact, when reporters start in on the nice home/nice neighborhood line, they are perpetuating the myth of violence being some sort of working class monopoly. That it doesn’t “really” happen in “nice” neighborhoods, so this particular case must be some sort of exception or aberration. The danger is that those who are abused in “nice” settings come to see themselves as crazy or confused or “deserving” the abuse, since “everybody” knows it doesn’t happen to people of their socio-economic group. So how can they get help when nobody believes them? And it allows the neighbors to continue their denial and delusions about what goes on behind closed doors.

    I’m very interested to find out what happened to the mother. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for abusers to manipulate unsupervised visitation or even custody from the system. Often for the same reasons I outlined above. How could a man with a good job and a nice home do such a thing. The crazy bitch must be lying. She must be trying to alienate a good man from his children by turning them against him. She must be stopped at all costs. In fact, I am appalled by how many abusers manage to shut out the mother altogether. Like Chris Rhodes from Orange County, NY, who managed to get full custody despite a history of drug abuse and domestic violence. He threatened the mother whenever she tried to visit. He was eventually convicted of stabbing the little girl 16 times.

  2. Soobs said,

    November 15, 2006 at 7:08 pm

    Every time I read an article about child abuse, especially on such a little child, I want to hunt down the parents myself, and do to them, what was done to their child. How ANYONE can abuse kids………I just don’t get it. And this isn’t a case of someone spanking too hard, or too much, and it getting out of control. This was deliberate. They make me sick.

  3. November 15, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Soobs.
    Silverside, you make some great points. And they are very valid points. But I think part of that came from the police though, as the italicized quote at the beginning was from a police officer on the case. I think it may have had something to do with the shock- it looked so “normal” but instead it was brutal and was such a contrast..


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