MH woman accused of exposing infant daughter to drugs

Less than three months after a Mountain Home man was arrested on allegations of injuring his infant daughter, the victim’s mother has been arrested on suspicion of exposing the child to illegal drugs. Twenty-seven-year-old Shannah Cotter of Mountain Home was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center Monday on a felony count of introduction of a controlled substance into the body of another person.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the child, then 10 months old, was taken to the emergency room at Baxter Regional Medical Center in April with severe bruising to her upper leg region and vaginal area. She was later taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock for an examination. The next day, Dustin Sandoval was arrested for domestic battery.

Later that month, the examination showed the child’s hair testing positive for methamphetamine and THC exposure. The victim has resided mainly either with her father, Sandoval, or her mother, Cotter, for her entire life. During an interview with an investigator from the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division, Cotter said the child was with her most of the time, and they were with Sandoval at least once a week in what she referred to as his “treehouse.”

Cotter’s bond is set at $25,000.

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