Woman Accused of Shooting While Drunk

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A Southwest Madison County woman who is accused of strangling a victim and shooting a shot gun near others while intoxicated is facing several charges for her alleged actions. According to Madison County Sheriff’s Department investigators, Janelle Lynn Payne, 52, of Denmark, argued and then strangled a guest at an apartment on Denmark Road, Wednesday. Officers said Payne left and returned a short time later and fired the shotgun in the direction of six children and six adults. The Department of Children’s Services is also a part of the investigation since the suspect is alleged to have left her seven-year-old son home alone during the incident. Payne is charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, child abuse and neglect, aggravated burglary, vandalism and simple assault. Her arraignment is Friday.

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