Man found with 1-month-old child arrested on drug charges


DOVER — A fugitive was found with his one-month-old child in a motel room Monday during an apprehension that yielded 2 1/2 pounds of suspected marijuana, Dover Police said.

Police received information that Shannon Johnson, 24, of Dover, was at the Super 8 at 348 N. DuPont Highway, and was known to be wanted on domestic-related charges from July 2017.

At 10:53 a.m., police and Delaware Probation and Parole officers arrested Mr. Johnson without incident, authorities said. A large amount of illegal drugs was in plain view and Mr. Johnson was the only adult in the room, police said.

Police found 40 ounces of marijuana, $1,673 in suspected drug proceeds and packaging material for the suspected resale of marijuana, spokesman Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said.

Shannon Johnson

Charges included possession with intent to deliver marijuana, Tier 1 possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a child. Mr. Johnson was released on $2,000 unsecured bond.

Police said the baby was turned over to the custody of another family member. Court documents indicated the child was a female.

According to a probable cause affidavit, “ … upon arrival, officers discovered Johnson in the bed in (redacted) along with (redacted).

Misdemeanor charges in the domestic-related case – which required no bond – included offensive touching, criminal mischief, theft, malicious interference with communications, disorderly conduct, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree assault.

In court documents, a Smyrna address was listed for Mr. Johnson.

In an earlier case, Mr. Johnson was accused of hitting a woman with a closed fist multiple times during an argument “over relationship issues” in the Dover Mall parking lot on July 20, police said in court documents. The woman suffered a large contusion over her right eye, authorities said. The alleged assault occurred “in sight and sound” of their child, police said in documents, and multiple other persons were in the vicinity.

Police alleged that Mr. Johnson removed car keys valued at $50 from the woman’s hands and fled the parking lot.

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