Man charged with kidnapping child

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

30-year-old allegedly attempted to entice minor for sex

A Cassville man is facing two felony charges for allegedly kidnapping a child and enticing the minor for sex.

Shawn Hall, 30, of Cassville, is charged with child kidnapping, a Class A felony, and enticement of a child, a unclassified felony.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Thaddaeus Harris, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, the crime allegedly occurred on Dec. 25, 2020, at about 8 p.m. at a rural Exeter address.

Hall allegedly took a minor under the age of 15, without parents’ permission, saying he was giving the child a ride to a friend’s house. He then allegedly took the child to a camper at a rural Cassville address and left the child there for 12 hours without supervision and with no access to food or water.

Hall allegedly told the child he would be back, and the child suffered a “mental breakdown” due to fear Hall imposed by leaving for so long, according to the statement.

Hall then allegedly sent the child numerous sexually explicit messages on a messaging app while the child was isolated in the camper.

Harris said in his statement that Hall lured the child away under false pretenses and unlawfully removed the child from home with intent to coerce the child into sexual activity.

Hall also has a pending charge for second-degree domestic assault from an incident in August; he was convicted of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle and burglary in 2008; he was convicted of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle again in 2009; and he was convicted of endangering the welfare of a child in 2019, for which he received five years of probation.

Hall is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $250,000. His initial appearance was held on Dec. 29 in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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