Woman sentenced to two years for child endangerment

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On Thursday, Nov. 30, in the 2nd Judicial Court of Cherokee County, Texas, a jury of twelve found Shonquea Danielle Thirkill guilty of Endangering a Child and gave her the maximum sentences allowed by law.

Thirkill was found guilty of having drugs at her house, including methanphetimine, crack cocaine, and marijuana, as well as one large chunk of crack cocaine that was with easy reach of several young children who were staying at her house.

After being found guilty, the jury sentenced Thirkill to two years in state jail. Despite overwhelming evidence against her, Thirkill denied any knowledge or culpability in the case.

The Cherokee County District Attorney’s office would like to give special thanks to Detectives Kelly Ray, Martin Pepin, and Brent Dickson of the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office and CPS investigator Jodi Bradshaw for their intrepid and thorough investigation of the case.

The Honorable Judge R. Chris Day presided over the case. The State of Texas was represented by Cherokee County District Attorney Elmer C. Beckworth Jr. of Rusk and Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Richey, of Rusk, while the defense was represented by James Williams, of Bullard.

“This is as just a result as we could hope for,” said Beckworth. “Ms. Thirkill clearly put herself and her boyfriend over the welfare and safety of her children. Put simply, this is child abuse, and child abuse will not be tolerated.”

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