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Police say woman charged in Lake Saint Louis theft used child as human shield


Marjorie Renee Churchman, 37, of St. Louis, was charged earlier this month with a felony count of stealing $750 or more, and a misdemeanor count of resisting arrest after an incident at the Lake Saint Louis Walmart.

Police say that Churchman was observed concealing merchandise by loss prevention officers at the store on May 5. She pushed a cart full of merchandise out the door without paying. When confronted in the parking lot, she picked up a four-year-old child that was in the cart and “used the child like a human shield” to avoid being taken into custody, an officer reported in the probable cause statement. Churchman then let go of the child and attempted to flee, and then struck the officer who tried to hold her, police said. She was then tased and taken into custody.

Additional stolen merchandise, from a St. Peters Walmart, was found in Churchman’s vehicle.

An accomplice, Monique L. Marshall, 40, also of St. Louis, was charged with one count of misdemeanor stealing in the same incident.

Bond for Churchman was set at $10,000, 10 percent authorized.

In 2015, Churchman was given a sentence of five years in jail for a felony stealing incident in St. Charles City. Later that year, she was given supervised probation. In July 2017, Churchman pled guilty to charges of stealing and receiving stolen property in Town and Country and was sentenced to a year in jail. She was scheduled for an arraignment on July 30 for a March 15 felony stealing charge out of Ladue.

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