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Bonne Terre woman charged with endangering the welfare of her 6 children

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A 28-year-old Bonne Terre mother is being charged with multiple felony counts of endangering her six children in two separate incidents.(Credit: St. Francois County Jail) A 28-year-old Bonne Terre mother is being charged with multiple felony counts of endangering her six children in two separate incidents.(Credit: St. Francois County Jail)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A 28-year-old Bonne Terre mother was charged with multiple felony counts of endangering her six children in two separate incidents.

Authorities charged Kristen Renshaw, 28 with six felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree in one case and six additional felony charges of endangering the welfare of a child in another case. Renshaw was also charged with resisting arrest in the second case.

According to court documents, charges against Renshaw were first brought against her on Oct. 30. A warrant for her was issued on Oct. 27 after police were called to the Grab-n-Go in Leadwood around 12:45 a.m. after an intoxicated driver struck a pole in the parking lot.

The Daily Online reported authorities said when the officer arrived he saw Renshaw escaping out of the crashed vehicle and attempting to run across the parking lot. Witnesses at the scene were pointing and saying, “that’s her”, according to police.

Officers were eventually able to arrest the suspect with the assistance of her nephews.

Once Renshaw was inside the officer’s patrol car, authorities said she smelled of alcohol, had glossy eyes and was unable to walk on her own. Her speech was reportedly slurred and inaudible. Her nephews told police they saw her hit the signpost head-on.

Renshaw’s six children, ranging in age from 2 to 8, were also in the vehicle at the time of the crash, according to court documents. They were taken out of the vehicle and brought into the store before officers arrived at the scene.

The children were later turned over to their father.

After being arrested, Renshaw reportedly banged her head on the patrol car’s window and then kicked an officer in the leg and knee area.

In another incident, which occurred on March 9, Renshaw was arrested for endangering her children after the sheriff’s department was called to Lake Timberline after an intoxicated woman came into their office with six children while buses were dropping off kids.

After leaving the office, Renshaw stumbled up to a bus stop to pick up two more kids. The clerk in the sheriff’s department office called an officer after Renshaw seemed to stumble through the roadway with the children in traffic.

A few moments later a deputy arrived at her home, where the children said their mom was passed out and they were scared. Renshaw was placed under arrest for endangering the welfare of a child. The deputy noted that the house was filthy, there were multiple holes in the wall, and paneling hanging, and no panes of glass on windows but were covered with plastic.

There were numerous dog, cats, and bunnies running through the home, in addition to four dogs tied up outside.

DFS was called to the home and determined the home was not in a sanitary condition for children to live in.

One officer noted they had been notified by the Lake Timberline board that the family was not supposed to be living there due to the condition of the home and not having an occupancy license.

Renshaw is being held on a $30,000 bond.

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