ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - A St. Peters, Mo. woman accused of leaving a loaded rifle in the crib with her child has pleaded guilty.
Cheryl Dudley, 37, was charged with eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of child abuse in June.
Police were called to Dudley's home when someone saw Dudley's 22-month-old daughter tied to the garage with rope. A loaded rifle was found in the girl's crib, she had numerous flea bites on her body, and narcotics were found within her reach, and within the reach of her 7-year-old sibling. Authorities also found feces inside the home.
Dudley received five years of probation. She will be sentenced to 10 years in prison if she violates her probation. There are 17 special conditions for her probation, including continued psychiatric care, treatment, and medication. She is only allowed supervised contact with her children, and must remain on birth control.