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Scott County woman facing drug charge after incident involving child

Michelle Marshall (Source: Scott County SO) Michelle Marshall (Source: Scott County SO)
SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says a woman was taken into custody on a drug related charge after a family squabble involving a 1-year-old.

Michelle Marshall, 18, of Sikeston, Missouri, was charged with the felony possession of a controlled substance.

Walter says a detective responded to Benton for a reported disturbance. Witnesses reported hearing screaming coming from inside of a parked car.

The detective learned a father had become agitated at his 1-year-old, claiming she was "getting on his nerves."

Sheriff Walter states that it was reported the father yelled at the child to shut up, and then squeezed the child against his chest.

Walter says Michelle Marshall, the child's mother, became concerned for the child's safety.

The sheriff says Marshall began to scream at the baby's father to stop before he killed her, and attempted to pull the child from him.

Walter says during the investigation Marshall was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

Both Marshall and the child's father were placed under arrest and taken to the sheriff's office.

The Missouri Children's Division and the Scott County Juvenile Office were notified, and the child was taken into protective custody.

Walter said that's due to substantial risk to the 1-year-old child's health from being squeezed in an angry manner by her father.

Sheriff Walter said that he was greatly concerned for the child's safety.

Sheriff Walter says warrants for criminal charges were sought against both the mother and father.

The father was released pending a criminal summons by the Scott County Prosecutor.

Marshal's bond has been set by the court at $5,000 cash or surety.

The sheriff thanks the Scott County Juvenile Office and the Missouri Children's Division for their cooperation in the matter.

Sheriff Walter asks that anyone who has information regarding this investigation, or any other crime, to contact the Scott County Sheriff's Office at 545-3525, or leave a message on the crime tip line at 1-866-210-4322.

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