HILLSBORO, Missouri—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.
A Facebook support page has generated nearly 350 “likes.”
Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer says he understands Gavan’s frustration, but police can’t turn their back on the law.