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St. Peters Mother Who Left Rifle in Baby’s Crib Gets Probation

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37-year-old Cheryl Darlene Dudley of St. Peters is charged with eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, along with one count of child abuse. (photo credit: police handout)

37-year-old Cheryl Darlene Dudley of St. Peters is charged with eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, along with one count of child abuse. (photo credit: police handout)

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ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOX) – A St. Peters woman who left a loaded rifle in the crib of her not quite two-year-old daughter, and narcotics in a drawer her 7-year-old could reach, has been placed on probation and ordered to undergo mental health counseling.

Cheryl Darlene Dudley pleaded guilty Wednesday to eight counts of child endangerment.

Officers were called to Dudley’s home in July after someone saw the toddler tied to the garage with a rope. During the investigation, authorities also say the family’s home was covered in feces from their five dogs and the toddler had flea bites and dog scratches on her body.

Dudley’s five dogs have been turned over to animal control.

If Dudley doesn’t meet the 17 conditions of her probation, she could get ten years in prison.

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