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QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A Missouri mother caught stuffing cocaine, heroin and marijuana into her 4-year-old son's coat pocket during her Illinois arrest for shoplifting expected to get probation for the offense. But a judge wasn't so forgiving about her parenting.
The Quincy Herald-Whig reports that 28-year-old Jennifer Shurtleff of Hannibal was been sentenced in western Illinois' Adams County to four years in prison.
Shurtleff pleaded guilty heroin possession, retail theft and child endangerment charges stemming from her December arrest at a Kmart in Quincy.
The county's probation department recommended probation for Shurtleff. But Judge Scott Walden says he couldn't go with that because she involved her son.
The judge said prison time could be a potential deterrent to parents "exposing children to the horrors of drugs."
8:10PM: A line of severe storms is moving through the St. Louis metro area.
These storms are capable of producing damaging straight-line winds, hail, and flash flooding.
A Tornado Warning has been issued for St. Louis county that expires at 8:15 PM
An Amber Alerty issued for Missouri has been canceled. Police found missing 8-year-old boy Lu'Vell Maurice Dukes.
Police say the boy is in good condition and is being taken to see his mother. The boy's biological father, Von Harrell Jr. has been arrested.
An Amber Alert is active for Missouri.
Police say 8-year-old Luvell Maurice Dukes was abducted by his father Friday afternoon. The full Amber Alert is below:
The Bel Nor Police Department has issued an Amber Alert for a child abduction that occurred Thursday May 30. Abducted was Luvell Maurice Dukes, an 8 year old black male, 3'06" 43 lbs., black hair and brown eyes.
The suspect is believed to be Von Harrell, a 30 year old black male, 5'08" 155 lbs., black hair and brown eyes.
The suspect vehicle is a grey 2007 Chevrolet Impala bearing Missouri registration MG3Z8W.
Anyone seeing the victim, suspect or vehicle or anyone having any information related to the abduction should immediately dial 911 or call the Bel Nor Police Department at 314-381-2971.