Cassville man charged with abusing minor

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Alleged drunken altercation leads to pair of felonies

A Cassville man is being charged with two felonies after allegedly abusing a child while he was intoxicated last week.

Shad Turner, 45, of Cassville, is charged with abuse of a child and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper T. Coffey, the incident occurred on June 29 at a home on Farm Road 1110.

"On my way to the domestic assault [call], I was informed a child was on the phone with 911 but could not speak," Coffey said in the statement. "Eventually, the caller was able to say he was assaulted and was being forced into a car."

When Coffey arrived, he said he found Turner highly intoxicated and barely able to walk. A breathalyzer determined Turner's blood alcohol level to be at three times the legal limit. Turner told Coffey he had a few drinks at a local gas station that day, but had not drank anything since then.

The juvenile who dialed 911, who had injuries to the left eye and shoulder, said Turner had hit him several times in the face and fought with him in the house.

Coffey arrested Turner for driving while intoxicated and assault. A check of his driving record showed four previous driving while intoxicated or driving while under the influence convictions, including one in Texas in 1994; two in Arkansas, in 2008 and 2009; and one in Cassville in 2014. Turner's license was also suspended at the time of the incident.

Turner is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $20,000. He has been arraigned for the two felonies, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on July 26 in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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