Two Adults Face Felony Charges

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In Warren County, the parents of a 15-year-old girl face felony charges after they allowed her to drive a car unsupervised that crashed and injured three other children riding with her.

Chassiddy Allen of St. Louis, had a learner’s permit, but it was void because no parent, grandparent or guardian was in the car while she operating the vehicle.

Allen’s mother, Laquanna Johnson, age 30, and Larry Shelton Jr., age 31, were charged Wednesday with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The crash occurred on May 8, 2012 at about 11:00 p.m., on eastbound I-70 at the 195 mile marker. They were returning from Jefferson City, where they went to pick up a second car. Johnson and Shelton allowed the 15-year-old to drive one of the cars back to St. Louis with the other three children, ages 5, 8, and 10.

Chassiddy Allen was operating a 2000 Dodge Neon when she veered off the left side of the interstate, collided with the median cable barrier, and overturned. Before the crash occurred, police dispatchers report that they received complaints about Allen’s driving. Sergeant Al Nothum of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said that motorists were calling in to report that a 2000 Dodge Neon, the one Allen was driving, was driving recklessly along the interstate.

Chassiddy Allen received minor injuries and Aubrey Yates, age 5, received serious injuries and was transported by a medical helicopter to St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Larrion Shelton, age 8, and Larry Shelton, age 10, both received moderate injuries and were treated at St. Joseph Health Center in Lake Saint Louis.

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