4 of 6 wanted suspects surrender in Cumberland County child servitude case

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Four of the six people still wanted in connection with a Cumberland County child involuntary servitude case surrendered to authorities.

Deputies say a total of 10 members of a religious group run by John McCollum are facing charges, including accusations that they held children in involuntary servitude.

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McCollum, Cornelia McDonald, Brenda Hall and Pamela Puga Luna were all already in custody.

On Friday, Irish Williams, Kassia Lynn Rogers, Shirnitka and Shirley McNatt surrendered at the sheriff’s office, Cumberland County authorities said. They are scheduled to appear in court at 2:30 p.m.

The judge increased Rogers’ bond from $32,000 to $325,000. Rogers is charged with continuing criminal enterprise, involuntary servitude of a minor, and conspiracy.

Williams had her bond raised to $325,000 from $72,000. She is charged with charges of continuing criminal enterprise, obtaining property by false pretense, felony conspiracy, and falsifying documents.

Shirnitka McNatt is being held under $70,000 bond.

Shirley McNatt had her bond raised to $350,000.

They are scheduled to appear in court Feb. 1.

CBS North Carolina learned Wednesday deputies arrested McCollum, saying he forced children between the ages of nine and 17 to work more than 40 hours a week for little to no money at fish markets he ran in the region.

Investigators say the children were not being educated either. Former residents of the McCollum Ranch in Godwin told investigators McCollum and others were holding the kids in involuntary servitude.

Those arrested face a variety of charges including involuntary servitude of a minor, felony child abuse, continuing criminal enterprise, and conspiracy.

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