July 31, 2013 – A St. Peters woman has been charged with child abuse and seven counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
A charge of child abuse may include mental abuse, physical harm, neglect, and sexual abuse or exploitation.
This case began with reports that a toddler had been tied to the woman’s garage with a rope. Police reported that they found a loaded rifle in the toddlers crib, and feces covered living conditions. Police also alleged narcotics were found in a dresser within reach of both the toddler and a seven year old. However, no charges were filed in relation to the alleged possession.
In Missouri charges of child abuse are extremely serious and a conviction comes with significant consequences. This woman may face incarceration, court-mandated treatment and stiff fines. Since nearly all crimes involving child abuse are charged as a felony in the state of Missouri, her freedom is at stake.
It is also possible that the Missouri Department of Social Services (also commonly referred to as DFS or Division of Family Services) may file a separate action apart from the criminal case.