Andrew County couple make court appearance in child endangerment case

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Brian Eaton

Brian Eaton

Jenna Eaton

Jenna Eaton

Two parents in Andrew County appeared in court Tuesday morning in a case that began last month after four children were found wandering along a highway.

Jenna and Brian Eaton of Rosendale were each charged March 16 with four felonies of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and four felonies of abuse or neglect of a child.

As we previously reported, court documents said the Andrew County Sheriff’s Office was notified of four kids walking on 48 highway March 15 with blankets. The children allegedly told a deputy Jenna had been drinking and was in bed when their step-father, Brian kicked them out of the house and told them not to come back. Brian also admitted to drinking that evening in court documents.

“He locked them down stairs with a gate and a large piece of plywood.  He stated it was because they steal food,” said Deputy Robert Elam in court documents. “Jenna Eaton allowed the children to be locked down stairs.”

Jenna and Brian appeared in court Tuesday morning for an arraignment.  During the appearance a status review was set for May 16th at 9 a.m.  Both are currently out on $30,000 bail.  According to online documents, a condition of their bond includes house arrest with tracking and no contact with children.