Teen gets probation for biting Mercer Co. deputy

J.C. TAYLOR

An Aledo teen was placed on 36 months of probation for biting a cop. Hannah Childs, 18, was also sentenced to 178 days in the Mercer County Jail with 150 days stayed and 28 days already served.

She pleaded guilty Monday in Mercer County Circuit Court to a Class 2 felony of aggravated battery and a Class A misdemeanor of driving under the influence of alcohol. The charges stemmed from a June traffic stop in rural Mercer County. As part of the plea, counts of obstructing justice, possession of cannabis less than 2.5 grams, resisting arrest, and driving on a suspended license were dismissed. During the arrest, Childs allegedly bit Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Butler in the arm. He received treatment at Mercer County Hospital.

During probation, the court has ordered Childs to have an 8 p.m. curfew and she also must continue with substance abuse treatment. In addition, the sentencing calls for an apology letter to Butler and fines and court costs amounting to $1,400.