Wilton Woman Indicted for Stealing Jeep With 3 Kids Inside
A Wilton woman faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing a Jeep containing three children, leading police on a chase, and then crashing it into a house.
Shannon Lee Dupree first came to the attention of police on November 9th, when they were called to a report of a man and woman fighting in the driveway of a home on Butter Hill Road in Livermore. Dupree allegedly ran off, stealing a vehicle that sat outside a nearby convenience store. Inside that vehicle were three children, ages 2, 4, and 6.
As an officer was headed to the domestic disturbance call, he was flagged down by Thomas Burgess, who said his Jeep had been stolen, with his children inside. Police located the vehicle and a chase ensued, that included the use of spike mats to flatten the tires. The Jeep continued down a dead-end road, before trying to squeeze between a house and garage. It ended up hitting both buildings and police took Burgess into custody. The Sun Journal reports the kids were not hurt.
Dupree is charged with three counts of kidnapping, each of which carries a possible 30 year prison sentence. She also faces several other charges, including three counts of criminal restraint of a child younger than 8, each of which could net her five years in prison. Officials say she claims not to remember anything that happened that day. Currently, her whereabouts are unknown.