Woman charged after allegedly putting boy in dog cage

Ecilra Shotts
Shawn McGrath
Staff Writer

A Culver woman was being held on $20,000 cash bond in the Marshall County Jail late Wednesday after she allegedly put her 13-year-old son in a dog cage during a domestic squabble earlier this month.
The Marshall County Prosecutor’s Office on May 10 charged Ecilra J. Shotts, 33, with attempted escape, domestic battery on a person less than 14 years old, criminal confinement, resisting law enforcement, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct and possession of paraphernalia.
The most serious charge against her, attempted escape, is a Level 5 felony punishable by one to six years if convicted. The domestic battery and criminal confinement counts are both Level 6 felonies, which carry sentences of six months to two-and-a-half years if found guilty.
According to court documents:
Culver police Officer Blake Bennett was called to a South Ohio Street home shortly before 9:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, on a report of abuse.
When Bennett arrived, Shotts was on the front porch cursing, while the teen ran toward the officer. Shotts then went in the home and locked the front door.
The teen told Bennett that Shotts had hit him numerous times, put him in dog cage and she had been drinking alcohol. The youth said he was frightened and did not want to go back in the home.
Read more about this in Thursday's edition of the Pilot News.