Cassville woman accused of child abuse

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

2 felony charges filed after 6-year-old found in freezing weather

Cassville woman is accused of aggressively holding down a 6-year-old girl, slapping and shoving the girl multiple times and causing the girl to fall face first onto concrete

Rebecca Chaddock, 36, of Cassville, pleaded not guilty at a Jan. 5 arraignment hearing to counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and abuse or neglect of a child. Both charges are Class C felonies, which could each equate to a maximum of seven years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Patrolman Colt Beck of the Cassville Police Department, the incident occurred at the 1600 block of Meadow Brook Lane on Jan. 1. Beck was dispatched to the 200 block of Partridge Drive at about 3:30 p.m. for a report of the girl running down the street in freezing weather conditions. She was wearing a T-shirt and shorts with no shoes, socks or a coat. Her nose was also bleeding.

Chaddock did not allegedly look for the girl or care for her in any manner, according to Beck's statement. Chaddock called the girl's mother to say her daughter left the residence. Chaddock then left to return to her residence.

Anna Johnson, an assistant public defender from Monett, represents Chaddock.

Chaddock remains in the Barry County Jail with a cash-only bond set at $25,000. She has a disposition hearing at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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