Troy, Mo. - A Troy woman is being held in the Lincoln County Jail on child endangerment charges.
According to a probable cause statement, the Lincoln County Children’s Division was notified by St. Louis Children’s Hospital of a suspected case of child abuse.
In addition to the injuries the nearly two-year-old child received, the child also tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.
When hospital staff spoke to the child’s mother, 29-year-old, Alisha Shelton, she told staff members the child fell. She also admitted she had been using methamphetamine in her home earlier.
“We have at least five cases (in our office) in which children have been endangered in Lincoln County because their parents have been consuming methamphetamine in the house,” First Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Erin Lueker said. “It is a real problem.”
In an interview with a Lincoln County Sheriff Office detective, Shelton said she has a surveillance camera in her child’s bedroom that records video and sends it to her mobile phone. When she went to her child’s room, she noticed something was wrong, and took her child to the hospital.
Hospital staff noticed the child would scream around Shelton, but would become clingy and affectionate to staff members when Shelton was not in the room. When questioned about this, Shelton said the child was trying to get her attention, not trying to get away from her.
A search warrant was obtained for the residence. LCSO detectives located a plastic bag with a white powdery substance believed to be methamphetamine, a large plastic straw, a small digital scale and multiple lighters. However, Shelton had admitted to using the drug throughout the weekend to a detective.
A washcloth with a reddish substance was also found in the laundry room.
Shelton has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs in the first degree. The Honorable Gregory Allsberry set bond a cash-only of $100,000.
“The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the detectives and the children’s services division worked diligently during the night to protect this child - and to determine what happened to this small child,” Lueker said.
The case is still under investigation, and more charges could be filed.
“The safety and well-being of the children of our community is always in the forefront of our minds,” Lincoln County Sheriff Rick Harrell said. “The investigation into the particulars of this case continues as detectives work to uncover the truth and find justice for these children.”
The victim is one of four children who were in the home, ranging in age from seven to three. All of the children have been removed and placed in protective custody.
Shelton has a lengthy history of substance abuse, and was adjudicated guilty of distribution of a controlled substance in 2014 in Lincoln County.
Shelton graduated from Family Dependency Treatment Court in September of last year, and the Juvenile Office’s jurisdiction ended in January. Shelton admitted to using narcotics as soon as the jurisdiction ended.
(All persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)