Here are four crime stories from the Springfield News-Sun that broke this week:
Woman charged with hitting 6-year-old in head with belt
A Springfield woman has been charged with assault and child endangerment after allegedly hitting a 6-year-old boy in the head with a belt.
The incident allegedly occurred at a home in the 2000 block of Clifton Avenue on Dec. 15. According to a report, the victim and other children in the home may have put toys or other items in a stove or fire, which caused the fire alarm to go off. Semonicka Miller, 29, allegedly hit the boy as punishment. The injury the boy sustained was supposedly visible for a week after the incident.
Man accused of whipping pregnant woman with belt
Ethan S. Gavin, 20, of Springfield, is facing charges after allegedly whipping a pregnant woman with a belt.
Police were called to a home in the 2600 block of Lagonda Avenue on a report of a man and woman arguing. When police arrived the victim said Gavin hit her on her arms, legs and stomach with a belt. Gavin attempted to enter the room during the police interview, but became unruly and was subdued before being arrested.
Man charged for leaving dog to die
A Springfield man is facing two charges of animal cruelty after allegedly leaving a dog to die in his father’s home.
The Springfield Fire Division was called to a home in the 900 block of West Rose Street on reports of a pipe bursting. When they entered the home, they found a deceased dog curled up on the couch. Michael Thompson, 37, entered the home when firefighters were there. When questioned, Thompson denied living in the home, but according to a police report, recent mail addressed to him was found in the house.
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Man charged with bringing drugs into Clark County Jail
Donald L. Silvers, 33, of Springfield, is facing multiple charges after allegedly trying to hide drugs while being booked into the Clark County Jail.
While Silvers was being processed for a change-over in the jail’s intake area, he allegedly attempted to hide a baggie of drugs and put it in his mouth after dropping it, but officers were able to recover it. He faces charges of illegal conveyance of drugs onto government property, as well as several other charges, including one stemming from an alleged robbery where Silvers allegedly threatened to “blaze” police with a rifle via a text message left on his phone.
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