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Neighbors respond to child abuse case in Battle Ground

The couple was arrested for the crimes after deputies found a cloth-like restraint system in the living room.

Posted: Jun. 21, 2018 6:22 PM
Updated: Jun. 22, 2018 4:43 AM

BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI)-- 33-year-old Shannon Breaux and 32-year-old Ashley Stigers were arrested on Tuesday.

When WLFI spoke to neighbors, they had no idea what was happening behind closed doors and ultimately, they want the children to be safe, wherever they end up.

Neighbor Jordan White said he had no idea what was going on next door.

"It's been nothing but positive, nothing wrong ever really from anyone in this neighborhood," said White "Especially not them."


He believes this is a quiet area in Battle Ground.

Deputies responded to a call on Tuesday night to a home on Warrior Drive. According to court documents, they found a cloth-like restraint system in the living room when they arrived. Investigators said the children described being tortured by Shannon Breaux while Ashley Stigers watched.

The kids told deputies Breaux would tie them to a device, which would get tighter around the neck the more they would move their arms and legs.

According to prosecutors, Breaux admitted to putting the kids in the device but said he would take it off when the kids complained it was too tight, sometimes placing them tied up in the garage with the lights off. 

White said you never know what goes on behind closed doors.

"Adults can make a face and make it seem like nothing is going on but the kids, they're good kids," said White. "I'd like them to be taken care of the way they should be."

Neighbor James Lewis believes these children will have support from those who live next door.

"Neighbors like the kids, they take care of the kids," said Lewis. "If there is any legitimacy, I'm sure the neighborhood will be sticking up for them."

WLFI reached out to Ashley Stigers for questions but she declined to comment. Breaux is currently at the Tippecanoe County Jail on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent, battery by strangulation and criminal confinement.

He is currently on a 72-hour hold until official charges have been decided.

WLFI will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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