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James Van Winkle

(Eminence) – A man and a woman from Winona are accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

49-year-old James Van Winkle faces charges of incest and sodomy, while 37-year-old Samantha Becker has been charged with child abuse or neglect.

A probable cause statement from Shannon County states that a teacher at the girl’s Head Start preschool center called the Winona Police Department after the child told her about the abuse. Police took the child and her 15-year-old sister out of the family’s home in Winona.

At report time, Van Winkle was held on $200,000 bond, while Becker was held on $200,000 cash-only bond.

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