Man from Coffey facing a multitude of charges after Department of Social Services investigation

David Jonathan Girsch

A Coffey man faces multiple charges after a Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division investigation at a residence in Coffey on April 28th.

Forty-five-year-old David Jonathan Girsch has been charged in Daviess County with the felonies of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, and two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs, first offense. He also faces misdemeanors of unlawful possession, transport, manufacture, repair, or sale of an illegal weapon; possession of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid of 11 to 35 grams; unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, prior drug offense, and two counts of animal neglect or abandonment. Bond has been denied.

A probable cause statement from Dalton Youtsey with the Daviess County Sheriff’s Office says the sheriff’s office assisted with the Children’s Division investigation. He notes officers found, in plain view, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and two rifles. They also discovered Girsch was a convicted felon.

Two children who resided at the residence were taken into protective custody due to what Youtsey called poor living conditions, several swords and knives lying around the house, and Girsch being arrested. Two cats were also reportedly found shut in a small room of the house that smelled of feces and urine.

The probable cause statement notes Girsch’s criminal history includes charges in Harrison County of felony receiving stolen property and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also previously charged in Daviess County with felony operating a vehicle without a valid license and in Clinton County with misdemeanor driving while suspended/revoked.