ST. PETERS, Mo.—A St. Peters woman is accused of leaving a loaded rifle in her toddler’s crib.
Cheryl Darlene Dudley, 37, of St. Peters was charged with eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, along with one count of child abuse.
Police went to the home Monday after someone reported seeing Dudley’s 22-month-old daughter tied to the garage with a rope.
Police say they found a loaded rifle in the toddler’s crib. Dudley allegedly said she put it there after hearing noises in her back yard but forgot to take it out after realizing nobody was there.
Police say they also found narcotics in a dresser within reach of the toddler and a 7-year-old, and feces-covered living conditions. Spoiled food was also found in the refrigerator.
Authorities say the toddler had several flea bites and scratches on her legs, arms and torso. Police said Dudley admitted to hitting the child, leading to small bruises on her leg.
Police also saw spoiled diapers on the floor of the basement along with mold, cigarettes and feces.
Five dogs living at the house were removed by animal control.