Man arrested in second battery case

GREENFIELD — A Greenfield man accused of assaulting a child is back in jail after police say he harmed the boy again, despite prosecutors requesting a no-contact order to protect the child and others left in the man’s care, according to court documents.

Bradley Fuller, 48, faces three felony battery charges in two separate cases, after police were called to his home in September and again in early December amid accusation he struck three people in the home. The victims told investigators Fuller drinks a lot and often hits them when he’s drunk, court records state.

Fuller was arrested in September and charged with two felonies, but a judge denied prosecutors’ request to bar the man from seeing the alleged victims; three months later, Fuller was accused of striking one of the victims again.

In late September, police were called to Fuller’s home in the 1100 block of West Fifth Street after neighbors saw him being drunkenly violent with a woman and her children, court records state.

Witnesses said Fuller got too rough when showing a young boy how to tackle after a youth football game.

Fuller told the boy he “would teach him how to toughen up,” before he picked up the boy and threw him hard to the ground in the front yard, court documents state.

The boy’s teenage sister stepped in, telling the boy to stay away from Fuller, court documents state. Fuller then became angry with the girl, witnesses told police. Fuller began pushing and smacking the girl and then hit the children’s mother when she tried to step in, reports state.

Fuller refused to cooperate when police tried to arrest him, court documents state. His blood-alcohol content registered .3 percent, police said.

Fuller was charged with two Level 6 felonies, battery of a person less than 14 years old and domestic battery, after that incident. The case is still pending in Hancock Superior Court 1.

Court records show prosecutors asked Judge Terry Snow to put a protective order in place that would prevent Fuller from contacting the woman and her children. Snow denied the motion at the victims’ request, court records state.

Fuller was released from jail on $1,000 cash bond in early October.

Accusations of violent behavior surfaced again in early December when a child came to school with a red mark around his eye, and school officials contacted police and the Department of Child Services, court documents state.

The boy told his teachers Fuller had struck him the night before. Fuller had been drinking, the boy said, and he wasn’t sure what he had done wrong.

Fuller is charged with a battery as a Level 5 felony, which carries a penalty of one to six years.

He was arrested again Wednesday and was being held in the Hancock County Jail at press time on $300 cash bond. The court has barred him from having contact with the victims, records state.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.