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Stepmother charged with child abuse, assault by strangulation in Jacksonville

Shoshanna Scarlett-Booth (Onslow County Sheriff's Office)

A Jacksonville woman was arrested on child abuse and multiple drug charges.

On Nov. 27, detectives with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office Special Victims' Unit received a report that a 6-year-old child was being abused. The child appeared to have significant injuries on their body that required medical treatment.

Deputies arrested the child's stepmother on Wednesday. Shoshannah Scarlett-Booth, 38, of Sky Blue Lane in Jacksonville, is charged with:

  • Felony intentional child abuse inflicting serious injury
  • Felony assault by strangulation

Deputies said, after searching Scarlett-Booth during the booking process, they found several illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. She was then additionally charged with:

  • Felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule IV controlled substance
  • Three felony counts of trafficking opium and/or heroin
  • Two felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance
  • Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia

Scarlett-Booth was placed in the Onslow County Detention Center under a $132,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about this incident may contact Onslow County Sheriff's Office at (910) 455-3113, Detective Lawrence at (910) 989-4066, daryl_lawrence@onslowcountync.gov or Crime Stoppers at (910) 938-3273. Please refer to case 2018019211 when calling.

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