Purdy resident charged with endangering child

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Purdy man has been charged with first degree endangering the welfare of a child following an incident that occurred at about 9 p.m. on July 18.

A press release issued by the Barry County Sheriff's office states that deputies were called to the residence of Gene Halbert on Farm Road 2095 after they received a report that a person was allegedly pointing a long-barreled gun at a 15-year-old girl.

Upon arrival, Deputies Terry Burgess, Kevin Myers and David Ruark spotted Halbert standing in the front yard and ordered him to the ground.

While Myers was clearing the home, he observed pipes commonly used for smoking marijuana. Halbert informed deputies that there was a marijuana plant on the back porch. Officers found eight planters with what appeared to be small marijuana plants. Eight additional small plants and one large marijuana plant in a five-gallon bucket were found near a shed containing what appeared to be an indoor growing operation. Officers found three grow lights, plant food and fertilizer inside the building, which was lined with reflective material.

Halbert was taken into custody and his weapons were recovered at that time.

Halbert has been charged with assault, first degree endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful use of a weapon, distributing, delivering or manufacturing a controlled substance.

Halbert was taken into custody at the Barry County Jail and his bond was set for $75,000. Following a request for bond reduction, Halbert is free on $50,000 cash or corporate surety bond with orders to have no contact with his victim.

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