Self-harm, public safety and flight issues cited for bail revocation of former children’s home director

COLUMBIA, Miss. (WDAM) – The Columbia Police Department has arrested eight people for pimping, one of whom founded a local charity that houses underprivileged children.

Although initially released on $12,000 bond, Michael Shane Garrett, 46, of Purvis, is back in jail after his bail was revoked.

Micheal Turner, the lead detective on the case, said new information was presented in court about possible self-harm, public safety issues and leaking concerns about Garrett.

“On September 17, Municipal Court Judge Donovan McComb issued a bail revocation after new developments in the Michael Shane Garrett case,” Turner said. “He was arrested later that day by the Columbia Police Department and taken back to the Marion-Walthall County Jail.”

Garrett, the founder and former director of Homes of Hope for Children, ended up in jail for the first time on September 15 after the Columbia Police Department arrested him on sex and drug charges. .

“One charge of procuring and two counts of possession of a controlled substance for methamphetamine and cocaine which were found in his possession,” Turner said.

As Garrett awaits his next court appearance, he faces no new charges at this time.

“The investigation with Mr. Garrett is still ongoing, but no new charges at this stage,” Turner said.

Garrett will have a preliminary hearing in court on Thursday, September 22.

The Columbia Police Department would like to reiterate that the charges against Garrett have nothing to do with Homes of Hope for Children.

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