Two charged in missing girl case
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) _ An East St. Louis woman is charged with child endangerment after police say she drank alcohol and smoked crack and marijuana while babysitting a 3-year-old girl she eventually lost.
Forty-six-year-old Markee Garner and her boyfriend, Everette Cole, face three misdemeanor child-endangerment counts. Fifty-year-old Cole also faces one count of obstructing identification.
Authorities say Garner had been watching the girl while the child’s mother was working. Investigators say Garner lost the girl, who turned up the next day in the care of another person.
Police allege that Cole drank alcohol and smoked marijuana while the girl was with him and gave a false name to an investigator when arrested.
Garner and Cole don’t have listed home telephone numbers. Online court records don’t show whether they have attorneys.