Silver Spring mom charged for abandoning nine kids in a van, documents say

TAKOMA PARK, Md. - A Silver Spring mom was just recently charged for a string of events that happened back in December of 2016, according to Montgomery County court documents.

The documents say back on December 16th, 36-year-old Sheri Marshall was driving her ten kids to their grandmother's house and got in an argument with her 12-year-old son.

Marshall then kicked her son out of the car somewhere on Interstate 495 in Greenbelt.

Documents say Greenbelt Police later located her son and re-united him with his father.

The documents say Marshall then continued driving her remaining nine children, ranging between ages one and eleven, until they ran out of gas in the 1000 block of East West Highway.

The children told police that they spent the night in the vehicle on December 16th and 17th. When they woke up on the 18th, Marshall was gone.

Documents noted that the temperature was in the mid-twenties overnight both nights

The documents say the children eventually left the van in search of food and arrived at La Chiquita restaurant where staff called 911.

When officers arrived, documents say the children were hungry but uninjured. Some of the younger children had soiled their pants or diapers.

One of the children told police that their mother had been acting strangely for the past week and began waking the children up at 4 a.m. every morning and forced them to walk around the block with her.

The children were released to the custody of other family members.

Documents say later on December 18th, officers found a woman wandering aimlessly on East West Highway and appeared confused and unaware of her surroundings.

She was taken to the hospital and identified as Sherri Marshall.

Documents say doctors told police that when Marshall was committed that she had a large amount of illegal narcotics in her system.

Marshall faces several counts of child neglect for the incident. A trial date has not yet been set.