A 38-year-old Steens woman with a history of meth and cocaine charges dating back to 2001 is charged with child endangerment after she gives birth to a child in July that shows signs of drug-addiction withdrawal.
Molly Abigail O’Callaghan, of 8061 Highway 12 East #1 in Steens, was arrested shortly after 10 Wednesday morning at her residence after the Department of Children’s Services asked Lowndes County investigators to pick her up.
At the same time, 33-year-old Gary Brent Shaw, of 118 Stewart Ave. in Columbus, was arrested the residence on hindering prosecution charges.
The child was taken into Children’s Services custody after it was born. It has remained in custody getting treatment while state and local investigators looked into the case.
Wednesday, deputies went to the Highway 12 address and could hear music coming from inside and a man and woman arguing. They banged on the door and asked them to come out and warned that anyone who didn’t cooperate could be charged, according to Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Marc Miley.
When no one answered, they entered the residence and arrested O’Callaghan and Shaw.
O’Callaghan pleaded guilty in February 2003 to possession of methamphetamine stemming from an incident on Dec. 19, 2001 and Feb. 10, 2002 involving possession and manufacture of the drug.
She was sentenced to four years with most of it suspended pending competition of an intensive house arrest program. The probation was revoked in May 2006 and she was ordered to serve two years. The revocation came after she was arrested on Nov. 17, 2005 for possession of cocaine. That later was sent back to Justice Court to be handled as a misdemeanor as part of her revocation on the earlier charge.
She then was arrested on July 25, 2014 for possession of a controlled substance but those charges were dropped in May 2015 after she showed prosecutors legal prescriptions for the drugs made out to her and her daughter, Marley Shaw.
Shaw also has a prior record. He was indicted on meth possession charges in 2015 but those charges were retired earlier this year after he pleaded guilty in Oktibbeha County to charges of manufacturing marijuana.