Fishers police arrest in-home child care provider for abuse, neglect


Shannon E. Gillen

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UPDATE (Jan 4. 2019)– Shannon Gillen was sentenced to three years in the Indiana Department of Correction for neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury. She received one day of jail credit and 545 days of the sentence were suspended. During that time, she’ll have an electronic home monitoring device.

Other counts including battery, neglect, strangulation were dismissed.

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FISHERS, Ind.– Fishers police arrested a woman accused of abusing a child in her care.

Shannon Gillen, 27, of Indianapolis, faces charges of battery resulting in bodily injury to a person less than 14 years of age, neglect of a dependent resulting in bodily injury, strangulation, battery on a person less than 14 years old and neglect of a dependent.

On Jan. 21, the Fishers Police Department began investigating after a parents noticed bruises on their child. The parents told police they suspected their in-home child care provider, Gillen.

Investigators were provided with video footage from a surveillance system in the home. The video showed Gillen engaging in abusive behavior toward the victim, police said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Gillen and she was taken into custody. She is currently being held in the Hamilton County Jail.

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