Person of interest in New Haven woman’s killing to be released from custody

Chad Ingram (Photo courtesy of the Allen County Sheriff's Department)

Domestic violence charges have been dismissed against a man whom New Haven Police say they found in a home with his mother’s body Saturday afternoon.

Chad A. Ingram was to be released from the Allen County Jail after a hearing Thursday before Allen Superior Magistrate Jason C. Custer in which the two charges of domestic battery, a Level 5 and Level 6 felony, were dismissed.

Ingram had been charged after police allegedly found him intoxicated in the home he shared with his mother in the 1600 block of Sherbrook Drive. His mother, Heidi A. Colley, 61, was found dead in another room with bruises and abrasions, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Allen Superior Court. She died of blunt-force trauma to the head, according to the Allen County Coroner’s Office, which ruled her death a homicide.

Ingram, whom police had called a “person of interest” in Colley’s death, had been convicted in November 2016 of domestic violence against her, according to court documents.

According to court documents the following allegedly occurred:

New Haven Police Department officers had been sent to Colley’s home at around 2:43 p.m. Saturday because a relative was concerned about her. He had not heard from her in three weeks and knew of the past violence against her by her son. The relative let officers into the home, where they found Ingram inside “highly intoxicated” on a living room couch and Colley on a bedroom floor with bruises to her face, neck and chest and scratches on her face. Medics arrived and pronounced her dead at the scene.

Ingram continued drinking alcohol while he talked with police and told them his mother was not at home, although her body was in plain view, according to the court documents. Ingram allegedly said he got a cut on his left hand from a saw. He also allegedly had bruises to his right hand.