Man, woman charged with molesting infant

2013-03-15T14:15:00Z 2013-03-17T00:12:06Z Man, woman charged with molesting infantBob Kasarda, (219) 548-4345

VALPARAISO | A man and woman are behind bars on charges of child molesting after the woman turned in the man and later confessed that she too had abused an infant, according to police.

James Glanders, 21, of 509 E. Indiana Ave., Michigan City, is charged with Class A felony child molesting.

Dana Haywood, 19, of 5678 Ruth Ave., Portage, is charged with Class B felony child molesting and Class D felony neglect of a dependent.

Police said Haywood came forward March 3 and accused Glanders, her former boyfriend, of molesting the 11-month-old girl a month earlier during a diaper change in their vehicle parked at Haven Hollow Park in South Haven.

She claimed Glanders climbed into the rear seat of the vehicle and performed a sex act on the girl. She told police Glanders also said over the telephone that he wanted to have sex with the child.

Glanders initially denied the accusations, but when a voice stress analysis revealed he was acting deceptively, "James admitted that he had done 'it' and that it was a one time thing that was a mistake," police said.

He claimed Haywood had asked him months earlier if he would ever want to do anything with the child. Glanders then accused Haywood of telling him to perform the sex act on the girl on the day in question at the park.

Glanders provided police with text messages where Haywood asked him about having sex with the child and then proceeded to make very graphic references to the possibilities.

Haywood admitted to telling Glanders to perform the sex act on the child while in the vehicle when he suggested the idea, police said. She also said they engaged in later conversations about having sex with the child.

Haywood also admitted to having performed the same sex act on the child and touching the girl at the suggestion of Glanders, according to court records.

At the couple's initial hearing Friday before Porter County Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford, pleas of not guilty were entered for both. Bond was set at $25,000 for Haywood and $35,000 for Glanders and both were ordered not to have contact with the victim.

Times staff writer Phil Wieland contributed to this report.

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