By Pat Pratt
Already facing felony counts for allegedly biting a Troy police officer, a woman is now charged with intimidation of child service workers, foster parents and employees of a local animal rescue shelter.
Madison County court records show 42-year-old Shannon C. Benavidez, of Troy, was charged Tuesday with two counts of intimidation and filing a false child abuse report. Associate circuit judge Ryan Jumper has ordered she be held without the possibility of bond. A court date has not been set.
State’s attorneys in a complaint accuse Benavidez of threatening on Dec. 30 to kill Department of Children and Family Services workers and foster parents if they did not return a child to her custody.
The second count of intimidation stems from an incident on Jan 3, where Benavidez is accused of threatening employees of Partners for Pets animal rescue near Troy. In that count, state attorneys allege she called the shelter and demanded it release two dogs to her custody.
If animal rescue workers did not release the dogs, Benavidez said she would bring an assault rifle and hold it to the head of one of the rescue workers, as well as assault the worker’s family, according to the complaint.
Benavidez is also accused of filing a false report to child services that the foster parents of the child she sought to gain custody of were committing sexual abuse. State’s attorneys stated in the complaint that there was no grounds for making the hotline call, which resulted in a response by child services and county deputies.
At the time charges were filed, Benavidez was free on $50,000 bond as she awaited trial on charges of aggravated battery of a peace officer, resisting arrest and criminal trespass.
According to a complaint in that case, Benavidez on April 9 bit the hand of a Troy Police officer as he tried to arrest her. She also allegedly resisted arrest, by bracing herself with her legs in an effort to avoid being taken into custody.
On that day, Benavidez was also accused of going into the Dollar General Store in the 300 block of Riggin Road in Troy, which she was previously barred from entering.