Man who batters children gets 20 years behind bars, and 12 years probation

Roger M. Dozier, 30, Greendale, has pleaded guilty to child battery, and was sentenced Wednesday, Nov. 27, to 20 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections and 12 years probation.
According to Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens, an investigation began in April when a woman informed Greendale Police Department a 4-year-old had been battered.
Police found a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old with fractures and several severe bruises to the face, neck, stomach, and buttocks. The children were treated at Highpoint Health, Lawrenceburg, and transferred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
One of children’s hair had been pulled, said Deddens.
“The children in this case suffered from severe injuries,” she said.
“This plea agreement that was reached takes into account his limited prior criminal history. More importantly, this plea agreement prevents two children, who are 4 and 2 years old from reliving this nightmare, and they will not have to face Dozier to testify at a trial against him.”
“It is a relief to the children and the community that he will spend many years in prison for these crimes.”
The mother of the children, Jessica Lee, told police she had left the children with Dozier the night before they were reported battered.
Dozier pleaded guilty to two counts of battery of a child under 14 resulting in serious bodily injury, which is a Level 3 felony.
Lee also was charged, but her case is pending. The children were place with foster families.

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