JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)– A Jonesboro mother accused of putting her 5-year-old daughter out of the car toteach her a lesson, appeared in a Craighead County courtroom Wednesday.
According to Jonesboro District Court Office,24-year-old Shanique Shelton pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of endangeringthe welfare of a minor, and no child restraints. A judge sentenced her to twodays in jail.
According to Jonesboro Police, Shelton said she putthe girl out of her SUV near the intersection of Melrose and Word Cove, nearShelton's apartment located at 518 Melrose. She says she did it to teach her daughtera lesson and show her what it would be like not to have her mother around.
Police say the mom then started to pull away and thegirl started crying, and that's when the mom stopped and someone brought thechild back into the car. Shelton says she never intended to leave the childbehind.
Eighteen-year-old Jamikne Gordon and 24-year-oldMarkesha Williams, Shelton's cousin, corroborated Shelton's story. Gordonsaid the five-year-old does not "mind her mother". Williams saidleaving the girl outside of the car was a "joke".
Police said three other children under the age of sixwere also in the car and not properly restrained.
Police said Shelton changed her story on the way tothe CCDC. She said back door of the vehicle opened, she stopped the car, andresumed driving once she heard the door close. Shelton said Williams toldher the five-year-old had fallen out of the car, and she went to pick her up.
Police said the five-year-old was too upset tocommunicate, but was not visibly injured.
She would not talk to Region 8 News on camera, butsaid the police report is not accurate.
Shelton has 30 days to appeal the judge's decision.
Region 8 news will continue to track this story andbring you the latest details as soon as they become available.