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In-home caretaker arrested for allegedly raping man she cared for

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A Mitchell, Indiana, woman was arrested Wednesday in Bloomington after reportedly drugging and raping a man she was a caretaker for sometime during the night of April 22 and morning of April 23, according to an email from Bloomington Police Department Capt. Ryan Pedigo.

April Edwards, 47, who was an in-home caretaker for the man, was arrested on preliminary charges of rape and neglect of a dependent. According to the email, Edwards works for a caretaking company, but it didn’t specify who she works for. Her supervisor told police Edwards has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

Officers responded Saturday to an address on the west side of Bloomington. A man told officers that Edwards, his in-home caretaker, had sexually assaulted him earlier in the week, Pedigo said in the email.

After the initial report, the case was assigned to a detective to investigate. The man told officers he believed Edwards gave him a pill April 22 he doesn’t normally take and then sexually assaulted him, according to the email.

The man reported that after the assault, Edwards drove him to her residence in Mitchell, Indiana, using the company’s vehicle. The man was picked up at Edwards’ residence the next day by another caretaker. 

Pedigo said in the email another caretaker located a small blue pill in a spare bedroom of the man’s apartment used as an office for the caretakers.

The court granted detectives a search warrant for Edwards’ residence and DNA, according to the email. Edwards was booked into the Monroe County Jail.

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