Charges dropped in child welfare case
36-year-old Cassville woman cleared of endangering, abuse
The Barry County Circuit Clerk's office has confirmed two felony charges against a Cassville woman, involving child neglect and abuse, were dismissed in Barry County Circuit Court Wednesday.
Rebecca Chaddock, 36, of Cassville, was cleared of charges of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and abuse or neglect of a child, following an incident on Jan. 1.
Chaddock said the accusations against her were unfounded, and the state had no case against her.
"I had nothing to do with the child," Chaddock said. "I was present in the home, but the child, my niece, was upset she could not leave with her mother. She was outside for a few minutes, but I never touched the child or dealt with the child."
Chaddock said although she has had a history with the law, she is doing her best to turn things around.
"I am in the process of changing my life and becoming better, and I am not the horrible person people think I am," she said.
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. Beck's statement said the girl was allegedly wearing a T-shirt and shorts with no shoes, socks or a coat, and her nose was also bleeding. Chaddock was accused of aggressively holding down a 6-year-old girl, slapping her and shoving her, causing her to fall face-first on the concrete.
Beck's statement claimed Chaddock did not allegedly look for the girl or care for her in any manner. He said Chaddock called the girl's mother to say her daughter left the residence, and then left to return to her residence.
Anna Johnson, an assistant public defender from Monett, represented Chaddock in the case. Johnson said she is not able to make any comment regarding specific cases.