posted on Jan, 21 2005 @ 04:49 PM
A four year old boy remains in state custody and his mother is in jail accused of giving him crack to calm him down. Michelle R. Shelton, 32, of
Kansas City has been charged with child endangerment. Police have been keeping tabs on her activities for over a year when they first noted known drug
dealers frequenting her apartment.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A mother has been arrested on charges that she gave crack to her 4-year-old son to "calm him down."
Michelle R. Shelton, 32, of Kansas City, was arrested Thursday on a child endangerment charge. Police said the boy did not suffer any obvious injuries
from taking the highly addictive drug. He remains in state custody.
Police first began investigating Shelton a year ago when officers said they saw her escorting drug users into the apartment complex where she and her
son lived. Police said some residents at the complex told investigators Shelton sometimes gave the boy crack coc aine to "calm him down."
Social workers were sent to the apartment where they took hair samples from Shelton and her son to test for illegal drugs. The tests came back
positive, police said.
According to court records, Shelton told detectives she found empty crack bags and drug paraphernalia throughout her home after parties her son
attended. She said it was possible the child found some of the drug.
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Shelton has told police that the child may have found the drugs. However, both have tested positive in hair samples. At any rate, however the child
go a hold of the crack, the mother was negligent in her care. I knew that they could test hair samples, but I did not know it was a commonly used
tool. I can just see you applying for health and life insurance and being denied because of your hair sample contained a red flag or something.