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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Woman guilty of placing child at risk; Judge asks, ‘Why?’

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  •  In Circuit Court at Hannibal on Monday, Scharee Valentinea Livingston of Hannibal admitted guilt to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. David Clayton, prosecutor, described the actions that resulted in the charges that were filed against her.
    “Between Dec. 20, 2013, and April of this year, she knowingly acted in a manner to endanger a child (born in 2012), by blowing marijuana smoke repeatedly in her face.”
    Second, during the same time frame, Clayton said that Livingston fed a child “brownies laced with marijuana, causing her to be sick.”
    “I’m guilty on both counts,” Livingston told the judge when asked to explain, in her own words, how she broke the law.
    As Livingston sat beside her public defender, Meggie C. Biesenthal, at the defense table, Clayton outlined the range of punishment for these crimes, ranging from up to seven years with the Department of Corrections, or 1 year in the county jail.
    “She has no significant criminal history,” Clayton said, when recommending two five-year sentences with the DOC, pursuant the state’s 120-day call back and the institutional treatment program.
    Judge Jackson agreed to the recommended sentence, and informed Livingston that she must undergo a mental health evaluation, not to consume any illegal drugs, to consent to testing and searches, pay $300 to the Law Enforcement Restitution Fund, and pay all court costs.
    Finally, at the end of the hearing, Judge Jackson leaned toward the defendant. “I will ask Miss Livingston, why?”
     “I was not thinking,” she answered.
    The Marion County Sheriff’s Department was authorized one guard to accompany her to the DOC.

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