Chelsea L. Crossland guilty of murdering son

Chelsea L. Crossland appears in a jail mugshot (Indiana State Police)

A 28-year-old mother in Indiana will likely spend the rest of her life behind bars for torturing and killing her 5-year-old son, starving and beating the little boy to death in horrific fashion last year. A Jay County jury on Thursday found Chelsea L. Crossland guilty on one count of murder and one count of neglect of a dependent resulting in death over the March 2022 slaying of young Christian Crossland, court documents reviewed by Law&Crime show.

The jury subsequently recommended that Crossland serve a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. She is scheduled to appear in Jay County Circuit Court before Judge Brian Hutchinson on Aug. 24 for her formal sentencing hearing.

As previously reported by Law&Crime, officers with the Portland Police Department at about 11:30 p.m. on March 24, 2022, responded to a call about an unresponsive child at a home located in the 600 block of South Western Avenue in Portland, Indiana. Portland is just under 100 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Upon arriving at the scene, first responders located Crossland, who told them that her son fell down the stairs and lost consciousness. He was declared deceased a short while later.

Citing the “suspicious circumstances” of the child’s death, Portland police requested that the investigation be handed over to the Indiana State Police.

Investigators said that the home where Crossland lived with the victim and her two young daughters, ages 9 and 10, was “unkempt and filthy,” and noted that when authorities arrived, the boy was “only wearing a diaper.” In court documents, prosecutors also said that Crossland failed to immediately call for help after her son was injured and talked about “disposing” of his body.

Chelsea L. Crossland guilty of murdering son

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