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Friday, December 01, 2017 1:00 am

Charges dropped in death of mother

New counts could be filed, prosecutors say

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Preliminary charges were dropped Thursday against a New Haven man who had been held in the death of his mother.  

Chad A. Ingram, 42, had been charged with two counts of domestic battery. Prosecutors still could file new charges in the case. 

New Haven police were called Saturday afternoon to the home of Heidi Colley, 1616 Sherbrook Drive, after her brother said he had not heard from her in weeks. There, officers found Colley, 61, unconscious on the floor of a bedroom with bruising to her face, court documents state. 

She was pronounced dead at the scene. Her death was the 35th homicide in Allen County this year, the Allen County coroner's office said. 

Officers found Ingram drunk, drinking liquor straight from the container. He initially told investigators his mother was not home, though officers could see Colley's body on the floor, according to court documents.

Colley had facial bruises as well as injuries to her chest and neck that appeared to have been there for several hours, the documents state.  

The investigation remains open, and formal charges have not been filed.  

Robyn Niedzwiecki, Allen County prosecutor's office chief of staff, said a decision on whether to file new charges will be made when the investigation is completed. It is not clear when that might occur.  

Online court records show Ingram has a long criminal history dating back many years, with felony charges including invasion of privacy and battery. 

mleblanc@jg.net  

Jamie Duffy of The Journal Gazette contributed to this story.