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4 family members arrested in Scott Co. after investigation

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James Richardson (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) James Richardson (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
Lindsay Cobbins (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Lindsay Cobbins (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
Tammy Richardson (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Tammy Richardson (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
Zachary Richardson (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Zachary Richardson (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
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SCOTT COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Four family members are in custody Wednesday, November 6 after an investigation into possible shop lifting Tuesday afternoon, according to Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter.

Zachary Richardson, 26, of rural Benton has been charged with two class C felonies of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, three class C felonies of possession of a controlled substance, two class A misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia, and one class A misdemeanor for possession less than 35 grams of marijuana, bond set at $15,000 cash or surety.

Tammy Richardson, 51, of rural Benton has been charged with two class C felonies of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, three class C felonies of possession of a controlled substance, two class A misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia, and one class A misdemeanor for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, bond set at $5,000 cash or surety.

James Richardson, 48, also of rural Benton has been charged with two class C felonies of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree, three class C felonies of possession of a controlled substance, two class A misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia, and one class A misdemeanor for possession of less than 35 grams of marijuana, bond set at $15,000 cash or surety.

Lindsay Cobbins, 24, of Sikeston has been charged with two class C felonies of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree. Her bond was set at $2,500 cash or surety.

Sheriff Walter said that on Tuesday afternoon his office received a report from a local business of two males acting suspicious inside the store. He said the two men left the store before the deputies arrived, but the store manager was able to get the vehicles license plate number and provided it to the dispatcher. An officer was able to find the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop to further investigate the situation.

During the stop, investigators identified Zachary Richardson, a passenger in the vehicle, and noticed that both Richardson and the driver were acting nervous. Investigators asked for and were granted consent to look inside the vehicle. No stolen items were located as a result of the search; however the investigators did discover drug paraphernalia.

Using information from the search, investigators went to Richardson's home located outside of Benton, and spoke with Tammy and James Richardson. During this conversation the investigators were granted consent to search the home, where two small children were living, and two additional children were being dropped off daily.

The investigators found the home was in extremely poor condition. There was no running water and numerous exposed electrical wires were present throughout the home. Officers say trash, spoiled food and feces was scattered throughout the home attracting flies, gnats and cockroaches. There were no clean dishes or eating utensils, and it appeared the family was using a bucket in the bathroom to collect bodily waste.

Investigations found numerous pipes, straws and assorted drug paraphernalia which contained visible residue. Field testing on these items indicated the residue to be methamphetamine, and marijuana. Investigators on scene also collected numerous prescription bottles, that had the labels removed or were not prescribed to the residents.

According to Sheriff Walter, after seeing the living conditions of the home, all of the children were taken into protective custody and a call was made to the Child Abuse and Neglect Hot-Line.

Walter said both James and Tammy Richardson were arrested as well as their son Zachery Richardson, and daughter Lindsay Cobbins.

He said that local case workers from the Children's Division were dispatched to the scene and helped in placing the children with family members not living in the home.

All four family members remain in custody in the Scott County Jail.

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