Abigail Elaine Bertholf

Developing: Amber Alert
1:05 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Girl Found Safe, Man Charged Following Poplar Bluff Amber Alert

Abigail Bertholf with officials after she was found on Oct. 24 with Jeffery Dean Shelton. Police say Bertholf was in good spirits when she was found.
(Poplar Bluff Police Department)

Updated 5:22 p.m. with charges filed

The Butler County prosecutor charged Jeffrey Dean Shelton of Poplar Bluff on Wednesday with four felonies, including child kidnapping and domestic assault.

The girl and Shelton were found during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon along a highway about 10 miles south of the child's hometown of Poplar Bluff.

The probable cause statement says a woman went to Shelton's home early Wednesday and saw the child and that Shelton told the woman he was going to have to kill her and the girl.

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