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Couple Charged with Child Abuse & Neglect

By Jessie Williams

A Lafayette couple is being charged with child abuse following an investigation into a 6-year-old who came to school with a black eye. 

According to reports filed by Detective Robert Jacoby of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, he received a Department of Children’s Services referral on December 7, 2023, regarding a 6-year-old boy that came to school with a black eye. 

While speaking with the juvenile, officers were told his ‘dad,’ stepfather 27-year-old William Arizona Vannasdale, hit him in the eye.

Officer Jacoby, accompanied by DCS, went to the victim’s residence to speak with his mother, 27-year-old Toni Nicole (Beasley) Vannasdale, and four siblings. 

One sibling stated that Mr. Vannasdale had struck the victim with a closed fist. 

Upon inspection of the Wilderness Lane home, it was infested with bed bugs and roaches, and the children were living in extremely poor conditions. Windows were busted out of the residence and large portions of the floor and ceiling were missing.

At the time officer Jacoby and DCS arrived, Mr. and Mrs. Vannasdale were asleep in their bedroom, while two children were running around the residence unsupervised.

Bed bug bites were also found on the victim’s arms.

It was determined after speaking with the mother, she knew that all five of the children were being abused by her husband, yet never reported it and failed to protect her children.

William Vannasdale was taken into custody and charged with child abuse & neglect and attachment. His bond was set at $41,000. 

Toni Vannasdale was charged with child abuse & neglect and failure to report child abuse. Her bond was set at $50,000.

They are both scheduled to appear in court on January 10, 2024.