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Couple Arrested after Reportedly Abusing Child and Making Him Shoplift

21-Jul-2017

A man and woman in Rogers County, Oklahoma, have been arrested on suspicion of child abuse and other charges after a witness reported the couple to authorities.

The witness reported that Kimberly Ann Broyles, 45, and Michael Jack Whitaker, 40, had been physically abusive to a 9-year-old boy. The witness, who also lived with the couple, told Rogers County sheriff's deputies that she decided to call authorities after seeing Whitaker kick the child in the back, neck, and head as the boy curled in a fetal position, begging for the man to stop.

The woman, who describes herself as an addict, says the couple also forced the 9-year-old to shoplift from a local Dollar General, and that they allowed him to smoke marijuana.

When deputies raided the home to arrest Broyles and Whitaker, the male suspect ordered the child to run. The boy ran away from deputies, but they were able to apprehend him. Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said the child used "deplorable" language when deputies caught him. The child was taken into DHS custody, and Broyles and Whitaker were taken to the Rogers County Jail. As of this writing the pair remain in custody on unspecified complaints, held on $150,000 and $151,000 bond.

Although charges have not been formally filed in the case, if investigators find evidence to support the witness's claims, there could be several charges filed.

Charges may include:

  • Child abuse
  • Child neglect
  • Contributing to the delinquency of a minor
  • Drug possession in the presence of a minor
  • Petty larceny
  • and more.

Under Oklahoma law, child neglect is defined as follows:

a. the failure or omission to provide any of the following:

(1) adequate nurturance and affection, food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, hygiene, or appropriate education,

(2) medical, dental, or behavioral health care,

(3) supervision or appropriate caretakers, or

(4) special care made necessary by the physical or mental condition of the child,

b. the failure or omission to protect a child from exposure to any of the following:

(1) the use, possession, sale, or manufacture of illegal drugs,

(2) illegal activities, or

(3) sexual acts or materials that are not age- appropriate, or

c. abandonment.

Both child abuse and child neglect are punishable by a maximum of life in prison.

 


 



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