Report: Chester woman who hit gunman with baseball bat was later caught growing pot

jmcfadden@heraldonline.comMay 30, 2014 

Shelbi Taylor

— The Chester County woman who deputies say hit a man with a baseball bat after he pistol-whipped her boyfriend and then hid the gun in a laundry basket now faces charges after authorities found her growing marijuana outside the house.

On Wednesday night, deputies were sent to a Bobcat Drive home in Fort Lawn, where Johnathan Crump claimed his sister-in-law, Shelbi Taylor, hit him with a baseball bat, according to Chester County Sheriff’s documents. Deputies soon learned that Crump, 24, became upset with Taylor, 21, when she tried to intervene in an argument between him and her sister. Crump shouted profanities at Taylor, prompting Taylor’s boyfriend to confront Crump.

Crump and Taylor’s boyfriend soon wound up in a fight after Crump allegedly tried firing a gun at the victim. The shot missed, deputies say, so Crump pistol-whipped the man. Taylor hit Crump with a baseball bat, forcing him to drop the gun, which she later told deputies she hid in a laundry basket. Deputies took Crump to Chester Regional Medical Center after he complained of a possible concussion. Once released from the hospital, he was arrested and charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

But, while deputies were speaking with victims at the home, authorities saw “in plain view” 12 marijuana plants growing outside the house among several flower pots, according to police documents. The owner of the two-story home told drug agents the pot did not belong to her and gave them permission to search the building.

Once deputies asked her and her boyfriend about the marijuana, Taylor told deputies that the pot plants were hers. Deputies arrested Taylor, charging her with manufacturing marijuana. By Friday morning, she was held at the Chester County Detention Center without bond.

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