Jul 10, 2015 5:49 PM

Drugs vs. Family: New Hampton man heads to prison for altercation with brother-in-law; family pleas for drug rehab


Danielle Christiansen is a single mom; her boyfriend is behind bars tonight.

"His brother-in-law and his sister don’t always get along, and the altercation turned into a little violent," said Christiansen, recalling the details of the criminal threatening charges her boyfriend had been sentenced on.

New Hampton police reported blood on the floor after Scott Batchelder went after Anthony Conway with a knife.

But Batchelder isn't the only family member in trouble with the law.

Portsmouth police put out a warrant for Conway’s arrest Friday morning saying he's the man who robbed a convenience store in late June.

Christiansen and her mother-in-law, Diane Batchelder, came to Belknap County Superior Court realizing that prison time was inevitable, but the family says addiction stemming from an old criminal charge is the crux of the Batchelder’s problems.

"He received a sex offender charge for him being 19 years old and sleeping with a 15-year-old on his 19th birthday," Christiansen said. "He lost several jobs because of the charge, we've lost apartments over this charge and he feels really depressed not being able to provide for me and his children."

Batchelder turned to heroin and alcohol to cope with his depression, but when he needed help to fight the addiction, the family didn’t know where to turn.

"We call the rehab centers, and there is a wait. So let's just wait till the overdose right? It's going to cost me three thousand dollars to get him in on a list," Christiansen said.

The judge sentenced Batchelder up to five years in prison and told him to seek a drug counseling program.

"He needs to go to rehab. In the prison your free to all the drugs all you have do is have the money. If you have money you can have whatever you want in there," Christiansen said.

Christiansen told NH1 News she’s frustrated that it took a court order to get the father of her children the help he needs.

“It was our only way to get through things. I'm just glad that I’m able to speak to him behind a glass and that I’m not sitting at a grave site explaining to my children that, 'I couldn’t get daddy into a rehab because there was a list,'" Christiansen said.

Conway turned himself in to police Friday afternoon. He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 13.

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