Crime

Mom Charged With Attacking Son’s Alleged Heroin Dealer With Aluminum Bat

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File photo of courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

File photo of courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

HILLSBORO, Mo. (CBS St. Louis/AP) — A Missouri mother is facing charges, but drawing sympathy from hundreds, for a baseball bat attack on her son’s alleged heroin supplier.

Sherrie Gavan of Imperial, near St. Louis, was arraigned Monday on charges of third-degree assault. The judge refused to dismiss the case.

Gavan told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she tried everything to protect her son, Clayton, even sending him to a different high school. When those efforts failed, she drove to the home of 21-year-old Joshua Loyd, whom she believed supplied the drugs, and struck him with an aluminum bat.

“”I don’t know if I can say that what I did was right,” Gavan told the Post-Dispatch. “But it was the only thing I could do in the moment.”

A Facebook support page has generated nearly 350 “likes.”

Several people showed their support for Gavan outside the Jefferson County Courthouse.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” protester Nicole Vaporean told the Post-Dispatch. “The police should have done more.”

Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer says he understands Gavan’s frustration, but police can’t turn their back on the law.

“How can we as law enforcement turn our backs on someone who has been assaulted?” Boyer told the paper. “I understand her intentions, but we have laws.”

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