Sheldon Police Department

SHELDON—A couple residing in Sheldon faces numerous charges of child endangerment and more following their arrest Tuesday, July 7, on an O’Brien County warrant.

The arrests of 33-year-old Carmen Leerae Mann of Sheldon and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Phillip Michael Sheffield of Baytown, TX, involve incidents that occurred between March 1 and July 3 at her residence at 333 N. Sixth Ave., according to complaints filed by the Sheldon Police Department.

According to court documents, Mann:

  • locked one of her sons in a bathroom, naked, for long periods of time after dousing him with cold water to where he needed to use a curtain to keep warm.
  • punished three of her sons by hitting them with a race car track piece, leaving marks on the buttocks for a few days.
  • would not feed three of her sons for long periods of time throughout the day, resulting in them feeling sick to the stomach.
  • allowed Sheffield to show one of her sons a pornographic video of herself and Sheffield on Sheffield’s cellphone.
  • allowed Sheffield to give one of her sons two shots of alcohol.

Mann was charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person and three counts of child endangerment resulting in bodily injury, all Class D felonies; and three counts of child endangerment and first-offense telephone dissemination of obscene material to a minor, all aggravated misdemeanors; and first-offense permitting a person under 18 to consume or possess alcohol on her property.

According to court documents, Sheffield:

  • assisted Mann in locking one of her sons in a bathroom, naked, for long periods of time after dousing him with cold water to where he needed to use a curtain to keep warm.
  • punished three of Mann’s sons by hitting them with a race car track piece, leaving marks on the buttocks for a few days.
  • showed one of her sons a pornographic video of himself and Mann on his cellphone.
  • gave one of her Mann’s two shots of alcohol.
  • threatened Mann’s three sons if they talked about anything that happened, he would “break all the bones.”

Sheffield was charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person; three counts of child endangerment resulting in bodily injury; first-offense telephone dissemination of obscene material to a minor; three counts of first-degree harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor; and first-offense permitting a person under 18 to consume or possess alcohol on his property.

Mann and Sheffield were released on the same day they were arrested.