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Excelsior woman violates probation after endangering child

April 13, 2018 – A warrant was issued on Tuesday, April 3 for Shanay L. Gehlert, 36, of Excelsior Springs.

Gehlert and her attorney were present in Clay County Circuit Court on Tuesday, March 20 where Gehlert’s bond was reduced to $5,000. As part of the bond reduction, Gehlert was required to report to NDS (Northland Dependency Services), complete a weekly urinalysis and inpatient drug treatment.

Three days later, on March 23, a probation violation was filed with the court and a new hearing was scheduled for April 3. When Gehlert failed to appear in court, her bond was revoked and a warrant for her arrest was issued. A new bond is set to $20,000, with personal recognizance and/or 10 percent cash bond denied.

Gehlert was arrested by Excelsior Springs Police Department on May 13, 2015, on a Class A misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree.

According to the probable cause statement filed by ESPD, Gehlert was acting suspicious and fell asleep inside Brown’s Pharmacy, now KexRx, on Crown Hill Rd.

It appeared to authorities that Gehlert was under the influence of some kind, and left her child sitting in a rear-facing car seat unattended, in a non-running vehicle. Gehlert failed two field sobriety tests.

Officers observed the child in the vehicle, screaming, crying and sweaty with a bottle of milk next to them in the car seat. Once removed from the car, the child was responsive, breathing and soon stopped crying, even smiling at officers. The outside temperature was approximately 70-degrees, and officers indicated the inside temperature of the vehicle was estimated to be 10 to 15-degrees warmer.

Witnesses told police Gehlert was inside the business for an hour-and-a-half, maybe longer.

Gehlert pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge of child endangerment in March 2016, and she received a suspended execution of sentence in favor of two years of supervised probation. Gehlert has had multiple probation violations since pleading guilty, the most recent occurred in January 2018, and in October and June 2017.

By Standard Staff •

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2 Responses to Excelsior woman violates probation after endangering child

  1. Kerri K Sharp Reply

    April 16, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    This article fails to mention that she DID complete a treatment program and did give weekly urinalysis. As this original incident happened in 2015, how is this newsworthy? It seems to be purposeful in casting her in an unfavorable light. I don’t know this young woman at all. It strikes me as unfair and meanspirited.

  2. Levi Pattom Reply

    April 19, 2018 at 6:07 am

    I find this very offensive,this young lady did as she was asked and now you publish the story again as if to open up an old wound for this young lady. There is no reason for this other than to make her look bad. So I ask who paying to have this story re ran. I don’t remember seeing other stories like this ran again. And on the front page no doubt. I can’t believe that you think that this more important than the news of the world today. And I applaud the woman that had the guts to speak up when she doesn’t even know the woman. God bless you

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