Dennis Pippin, 43, of Milan, has been charged with
Domestic Battery in the Presence of Children, a Class D Felony.
According to information contained in the Probable Cause Affidavit
filed in the Ripley County Clerks office, Pippin had been
consuming alcohol and then a verbal argument broke out between
him and his wife.
Court records reveal that Pippin threw a beer can at his wife,
striking her in the neck/collarbone area. The victim further
told police that Pippin kicked her in the face.
During this altercation there were two young children present
at the time in the home. The victim asked Pippin to stop
It is reported that Pippin then took a large quantity of Xanax
and had to be taken by the life squad to Margaret Mary Community
Hospital in Batesville.
When police questioned Pippin at the hospital on October 7 he
said he remembered arguing with his wife about Facebook. He
said he remembered that the children were present. He also remembered
taking the Xanax. He said he remembered telling his wife to
call his brother. He did not, however, remember throwing a beer
can at (the victim) or kicking her.
Pippin is employed with the Ripley County Sheriffs Office
as the jail commander. According to Sheriff Tom Grills he was
arrested on Friday, October 7 and posted bond of $1050. He
has been suspended pending a full investigation, the sheriff
told The Versailles Republican.
Indiana State Police Detective Glen Potts investigated the situation
due to the relationship of Pippin being the jail commander at
the Ripley County Jail. He reviewed reports made by initial
officers on the scene, Deputy Kendall Hankins and Deputy Dale
Holbert. Detective Potts wrote in his report that those officers
along with Pippins brother, Major Chief Deputy David Pippin,
were at the scene at the defendants home where the alleged