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Sikeston man, woman arrested after missing juveniles found

Donald R. Lewis (Source: Scott Co. Sheriff's Office) Donald R. Lewis (Source: Scott Co. Sheriff's Office)
Crista South (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Crista South (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)

A Sikeston, Missouri man and woman were arrested after two missing juveniles were found.

Donald R. Lewis, 52, was charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm and misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child.

Crista South, 22, was charged with driving while intoxicated and assault of a law enforcement officer.

According to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter, on Sunday, Aug. 16, deputies responded to the area of Little John, located outside of Sikeston, after two juveniles reported that someone was after them.

Sheriff Walter said the sheriff's office received a second call about two missing juveniles and an adult, who had left on a golf cart.

Deputies found the golf car in a ditch and no one around it. They say they later found the driver, identified as Crista South, and the juveniles.

The juveniles were taken to their home.

While talking to South, deputies say she was crying, slurring her speech, stuttering and acting confused. As she tried to walk with the deputy, she was allegedly stumbling and needed help walking.

Deputies say South admitted she had been drinking alcohol.

The juveniles told deputies that South was driving the golf cart in a "zig zag" and very fast. They said South ran off the road and into the ditch.

South was arrested and deputies say she became combative. She was put in a patrol car and allegedly kept kicking the windows.

She was taken to the Scott County Jail where she allegedly hit a deputy in the face with her hand.

Deputies say she eventually calmed down and gave a breath sample. They say her blood alcohol content was above the legal limit.

She was later released from the jail on a summons.

Sheriff Walter said deputies talked to the father of the juveniles, Donald Lewis, and determined that the inside of the home was unsanitary for living conditions due to an infestation of roaches and other reasons.

The Missouri Children's Division was contacted.

Sheriff Walter said they determined the children could not stay at the home. Deputies allegedly found numerous guns behind Lewis' bedroom door, accessible to the juveniles.

Lewis was arrested and taken to the Scott Co. Jail. His bond was set at $2,500 cash or surety, and not contact with the juveniles.

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