PRESS RELEASE FROM Jay County Prosecutor –

March 30, 2022


The Jay County Prosecutor’s Office has filed formal charges against Chelsea L. Crossland, age 27, of 689 S Western Avenue, Portland, Indiana in connection with the death of her 5 year old son, Christian Crossland.

A charge of Murder, a felony, and Neglect of a Dependent Resulting in death, a level 1 felony were filed relating to 5 year old Christian’s death. A separate charge, Child Molesting, a level 1 felony, was filed relating to an incident between Chelsea Crossland and her 9 year old daughter.

The investigation was conducted by the Indiana State Police with assistance from the Portland Police Department, the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Jay County Coroner’s Office, and the Jay County Prosecutor’s Office.

An arrest or criminal charge is merely an accusation of wrongdoing. The defendant is innocent until proven guilty.


Christian Crossland, age 5, a resident of Portland, passed away on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at his home in Portland. 

Christian was born on July 12, 2016 in Muncie, the son of Chelsea Crossland. 

            Survivors include:

            His mother:  Chelsea Crossland – Portland, Indiana

            2 sisters:  Chloe Costello and Mackenzie Costello – Portland, Indiana

            2 brothers:  Blake Riddle and Dawson Riddle – Portland, Indiana

            Grandparents:  Ray Willis and Lanett Crossland – Portland, Indiana

            Great-grandmother:  Sherrill Willis – Peoria Heights, Illinois

            Aunt:  Destynie Willis

            Uncles:  Justin Willis and Randy Crossland

            Several cousins 

            Private services will be held at Williamson-Spencer and Penrod Funeral Home in Portland. 

            Online condolences may be sent to    

(3-29-22) Chelsea Lanett Crossland (27) of Portland is being held in the Jay County Security Center under a $100,000 bond, preliminarily charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and child molesting of her 5 year old son who died last Thursday (3-25-22), both charges are 1st degree felonies with maximum 40-year sentences.

An autopsy was conducted Friday at a Fort Wayne hospital.

Detectives from the Indiana State Police post in Fort Wayne conducted the death investigation, assisted by the Portland Police Department, the Jay County prosecutor’s office and the Indiana Department of Child Services.

Postings from Crossland’s Facebook page

Crossland has had issues with law enforcement on several occasions in the past…she was convicted of invasion of privacy in Jay Circuit Court last October. in July (2021) she was found guilty of driving while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and leaving the scene of an accident.