‘Pedophile’ linked to unsolved Delphi Bridge murders’ is beaten up in prison after assault arrest

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A suspected pedophile linked to Delphi Bridge’s unsolved murder of two young girls has been beaten up in prison after allegedly assaulting a nine-year-old girl.

James Chadwell II, 42, reportedly lost a fight with Quentin Jackson Jr., 25, on May 4 at the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office and Jail in Indiana, staff there said.

Chadwell suffered minor injuries to his face as a result and was treated by the prison’s medical staff, according to the sheriff’s office.

It remains unclear what triggered the fight between the two men, but the Journal & courier reports that it started about an hour after Jackson was jailed for allegedly having nude photos of his underage girlfriend on his phone.

James Chadwell II, 42, suffered minor injuries to his face as a result of a fight

It started about an hour after Quentin Jackson Jr., 25, was in jail for allegedly having nude photos of an underage girl on his phone

James Chadwell II, 42, (right) sustained minor injuries in his prison fight with Quentin Jackson Jr (left) on May 4, about an hour after Jackson was booked in prison for allegedly having nude photos of his underage girlfriend on his phone stand

The fight took place at the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office and Jail in Indiana, where Chadwell is being held on charges of kidnapping and assault.

The fight took place at the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office and Jail in Indiana, where Chadwell is being held on charges of kidnapping and assault.

Chadwell is still under investigation in connection with the 2017 Delphi Bridge murders, although he has not been named as a suspect

Chadwell is still under investigation in connection with the 2017 Delphi Bridge murders, although he has not been named as a suspect

Deputies have investigated the fight, according to the Journal & Courier, and the case will be sent to Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office for review and possible charges.

Chadwell is already facing a slew of charges and several years in prison after he was arrested on April 19 for allegedly kidnapping a nine-year-old girl by inviting her to his home in Lafayette to pet his dogs.

Once inside, prosecutors said, Chadwell reportedly took her to his basement, where he attacked, strangled and sexually assaulted her before she was rescued by police.

The incident took place just 20 miles from where Abigail Williams, 13, and her boyfriend Liberty German, 14, were found dead after walking the abandoned Delphi Historic Trails in February 2017.

The case has never been resolved, but detectives said they will continue to investigate Chadwell. They have yet to officially declare him a suspect.

The teenage girls were reported missing when they failed to show up after a parent picked them up from a walk along the Delphi Historic Trails on February 13, 2017.

Police investigating the murders of Libby German (left) and Abby Williams (right) in Delphi, Indiana in 2017 have confirmed that they are 'investigating' Chadwell.

Police investigating the murders of Libby German (left) and Abby Williams (right) in Delphi, Indiana in 2017 have confirmed that they are ‘investigating’ Chadwell.

Sheriff Toby Leazenby and Sergeant Kim Riley showed how to educate journalists about the Delphi Bridge murders in 2018. The murders have become one of America's most notorious unsolved mysteries.

Sheriff Toby Leazenby and Sergeant Kim Riley showed how to educate journalists about the Delphi Bridge murders in 2018. The murders have become one of America’s most notorious unsolved mysteries.

The girls were reported missing when they failed to show up when a parent picked them up from a walk along the Delphi Historic Trails on February 13, 2017. Their bodies were discovered the next day in a remote wooded area off the main trail.

The girls were reported missing when they failed to show up when a parent picked them up from a walk along the Delphi Historic Trails on February 13, 2017. Their bodies were discovered the next day in a remote wooded area off the main trail.

A search was launched to find the teens and the next day their bodies were discovered in a remote forest area off the main trail.

Their cause of death has never been disclosed by the authorities, but chilling footage and audio of their final moments turned the case into one of America’s most notorious unsolved crimes.

Investigators believe the girls were approached by an unknown man as they walked along a disused railway bridge on the scenic route.

The case had long focused on a man who was captured with the camera on Libby’s phone walking along the abandoned railway bridge on the day they went missing. Libby is said to have recorded her and Abigail’s last moments on the device.

Days after the murders, authorities released two grainy photos of the suspect found on her phone, with the sinister images causing a sensation.

The man was dressed in jeans and a blue jacket.

A 2017 police sketch of the man who police said approached the two teenage girls as they walked the path told them, ‘Go down the hill’

Authorities have released grainy photos of the suspect wearing a blue jacket and jeans

Authorities have released grainy photos of the suspect wearing a blue jacket and jeans

Investigators later released a short video of the man walking, as well as an audio clip of her phone that they believe she recorded “ during possible criminal activity. ”

In it, the suspect hears to the girls: “Go down the hill.”

That man has never been identified, and Delphi police have remained closed about how the girls died.

They have declined to release any other material recorded on Libby’s phone during the girls’ final moments, fearing it would be too disturbing to share.

Meanwhile, Chadwell remains in prison after being charged with last month’s alleged kidnapping.

According to court documents, he was said to have hit the girl he invited to his home several times in the head and strangled her.

“Chadwell also strangled her with his hands on her neck and also used his arm in a headlock, to the point where she passed out,” prosecutors say.

When the girl came to, she said that most of her clothes were off and that Chadwell took her to the basement where he forced her to perform sexual acts, the documents say.

The girl told police that Chadwell had warned her he would kill her if she yelled or told anyone what had happened.

The girl was reported missing by her mother around 7 p.m. – about 30 minutes after she said she last saw her at their home near Sagamore Parkway.

When officers searched the neighborhood for the missing girl, Chadwell is said to have told them the girl had entered his home earlier but left, the documents say.

Police said they asked Chadwell to search his house and he said yes.

Officers then found the girl “visibly distraught and crying, with her clothes on the floor next to her,” in Chadwell’s basement, which was locked with a chain lock, the documents say.

She had sustained multiple injuries and was covered with bruises, strangulation marks and a dog bite on her leg.

In an interview with Inside Edition last week, Chadwell's brother Ashley said he was 'absolutely' capable of killing the two girls

In an interview with Inside Edition last week, Chadwell’s brother Ashley said he was ‘absolutely’ capable of killing the two girls

Police said she told investigators she thought she was going to die.

Chadwell has been in and out of prison since he was a teenager, his brother Ashley said Inside Edition last week he said he is “absolutely” capable of committing the gruesome murders.

“He has shown several times not only to his friends but also to his family that he has such a bad impact on him,” Ashley said, noting that his brother even tried to drown him once.

“He’s a monster,” he said of his brother. “He’s an absolutely bad person.”

Anyone with information about the Delphi case is asked to contact abbyandlibbytip@cacoshrf.com

TIMELINE OF THE DELPHI KILLS:

February 13, 2017

1:00 PM: Liberty and Abigail are dropped off at Monon High Bridge in Delphi for a day off for hiking.

5:30 pm: Girls will be reported missing after failing to show up at a pre-arranged pick-up location. Search teams scan the area for hours, but are forced to stop due to limited light.

12 noon: Authorities say there is no reason to suspect foul play and are particularly concerned about exposure to the elements.

February 14, 2017:

Search resumes for missing girls, including dive teams and K-9 units.

12 noon: The bodies of Liberty and Abigail are located half a mile from the bridge.

February 15, 2017:

Police release the grainy image of a man walking on the same bridge that Liberty and Abigail stood on.

February 19, 2017:

Police say the man in the grainy image is officially a suspect in the murders.

February 22, 2017:

Officials are releasing audio recordings from man’s Liberty’s phone saying, “Down the hill.”

July 17, 2017:

Police release a sketch of the suspect after witnesses report seeing him at Delphi.

April 22, 2019:

Police reveal new sketch and video of suspect on the bridge. They say the killer probably lives or works in the Delphi area.

April 19, 2021:

The nine-year-old missing girl is found alive in the basement of James Brian Chadwell II, 42, in Lafayette, Indiana.

April 28, 2021: Carroll County Sheriff’s Office confirms it is ‘investigating’ Chadwell in connection with the murders of Libby and Abby.

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