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By Marlana Smith
A Shelbina man has been arrested for allegedly abusing and neglecting his children, and for domestic assault.
Florencio Escamilla Jr., 53, is accused of pushing, slapping, pulling hair, and verbally abusing his juvenile daughters, who are all under the age of 18. The crimes are alleged to have taken place on and prior to September 20, 2021, in Shelby County. Court documents state the daughters have witnessed several domestic violence events between Florencio and his wife.
After an investigation by Shelbina Police Department and the Missouri Children’s Division of an incident occurring Tuesday, September 21, 2021, at the 200 block of West Spruce Street in Shelbina, Florencio Escamilla was taken to the Shelby County Jail on a $25,000 cash only bond on a charge of domestic assault – third degree, Class E felony, in case number 21SB-CR00159.
Criminal charges were also filed in case number 21SB-CR00164 by Shelby County Prosecutor Jordan Force on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, Florencio Escamilla was formally charged with abuse or neglect of a child – no sexual contact, a Class D felony. His bond was set at $15,000 cash only by Shelby County Associate Circuit Judge Mike Greenwell.
According to the probable cause statement filed by Shelbina City Marshal Jeff Brown, on previous dates Florencio Escamilla caused physical injury to his wife, by forcefully grabbing her by the neck and hitting her head onto a table, which allegedly caused injury to the left side of her cheek and face. His wife, allegedly reported there have been several incidents of domestic violence between her and her husband.
The investigation is ongoing, and further charges could be filed later, according to the Shelbina Police Department.
The information used in this story was obtained from court documents filed in the cases against the defendant, which is one sided. Florencio Escamilla is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in court.