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Woman on probation for theft now accused of physical, sexual assaults

by Lynn LaRowe | October 13, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

TEXARKANA, Ark. -- A woman serving multiple probations in Miller County for theft and burglary is accused of physically and sexually assaulting two female relatives.

Taneka Shunette Cornelius, 44, was sentenced to a six-year term of probation July 24, 2017, for theft of property in Miller County. Just over a year later, Cornelius was sentenced to two five-year terms of probation for breaking and entering, theft of property and residential burglary.

Motions to revoke those probationary terms are currently pending. Each of the revocation petitions alleges that Cornelius physically assaulted a female relative July 29 at a Texarkana, Texas, residence. The alleged victim reported being punched in the face, scratched and choked. According to the petitions for revocation, Cornelius has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence assault.

A minor female relative who allegedly witnessed the domestic violence assault was interviewed at the Texarkana Children's Advocacy Center. The minor allegedly confirmed the account of the physical assault and described being sexually abused by Cornelius the same night.

The minor allegedly reported that she woke while sleeping on a couch to find Cornelius touching her inappropriately. The girl allegedly reported that Cornelius begged her not to tell anyone and then committed the physical assault on the other relative.

Cornelius is currently being held in the Miller County jail.

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