Two men are being charged after allegedly beating up a Kosciusko County Jail inmate.
Parker Scott Harner, 27, Claypool, is charged with battery with serious bodily injury, a level 5 felony; and criminal mischief, a class B misdemeanor.
Brett Allen Niccum, 28, Silver Lake, is charged with battery with serious bodily injury, a level 5 felony.
According to the probable cause affidavit, on May 31, a KCJ corporal went into KCJ Central Control and was informed a male inmate had been beaten up. The corporal saw the inmate had lacerations in the corner of his left eye and his nose was crooked. The corporal asked the inmate questions to determine cognitive impairment and find out what happened. The inmate appeared dazed and was unable to answer any questions. The inmate was then taken to the hospital.
Upon arrival to the hospital, the inmate was still having problems with his memory and he said he had a headache. After a few hours, the inmate started to get his memory back. He said the batterers were inmates Niccum and Harner. The inmate said the confrontation started due to the him getting into an argument with an officer during Med Pass.
The inmate was evaluated by a doctor, who said he would have to go to a nose specialist to get his nose fixed. The doctor placed four stitches in the corner of the inmate’s eye. The inmate was also diagnosed with a nasal bone fracture and post-concussion syndrome.
A KCJ sergeant proceeded to look at the video of the incident, which allegedly showed the inmate enter his room and shortly after Niccum and Harner walked into the room. All three looked to be having a conversation when Harner and Niccum began punching the inmate, according to court documents.
After the incident, a KCJ officer pulled Harner out of the block and placed him in the recreation room next to the block. The officer then pulled out Niccum and placed Niccum in the recreation room.