By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 26-year-old Cushing man has admitted abusing his girlfriend’s five-year-old daughter by hitting her with a belt and wooden boards in an aggressive and excessive manner resulting in substantial bruising over the child’s body from February through June 29 of 2020.
Colton Levi Farris was placed on a five-year suspended sentence, except a 30-day jail term to be served on consecutive weekends, with extensive probation conditions including having no contact with the victim and another child, undergoing random drug tests and providing a DNA sample, court records show.
Farris was also required by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler to take a 52-week batterers’ intervention course and parenting classes, which he had completed before entering his guilty plea to child abuse last week, court records show.
The abuse was discovered by the child’s grandmother, according to an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Rockford Brown that was filed two years ago.
In 2020, the child’s mother “had recently moved her boyfriend (Colton Farris) into the residence with her,” which was a house on the child’s grandparents’ property in rural Cushing, the affidavit said.
On June 29, 2020, the child’s grandmother was playing with the 5-year-old when she noticed bruising to the backside of the child’s lower back, an affidavit said.
When the grandmother pulled the child’s pants down, she found “what she considered to be significant bruising” that she photographed with her phone, the affidavit said.
Questioned by her grandparents about her injuries, the child “indicated that Colton Farris had been spanking her,” the affidavit said.
The child’s grandfather confronted Farris, along with the child’s mother, about the injuries and ordered them both to leave the property, the affidavit said.
The child’s grandparents are the legal guardians of the 5-year-old and another child, according to a petition for a protective order.
While the child’s grandfather was at the house provided to the child’s mother, “he located two pieces of wood on the top of the refrigerator; one piece of wood appeared to be a wooden stake that had (the child’s) name written on it, the other piece of wood was a 1×6 inch board with a handle cut into it,” the affidavit said.
On July 16, 2020, the sheriff’s investigator observed a forensic interview of the 5-year-old at the Saville Child Advocacy Center in Stillwater, the affidavit said.
The child said, “her mom and dad had been spanking her and hurting her. (She) said they used a belt, hand and wood,” the affidavit said.
The child said, “Colton always spanked her on the buttocks, and the spanking always happened at her home. (She) said whenever she was hit with the board that it was on her bare buttocks because Farris would always make her pull her pants and underwear down before being spanked,” the affidavit said.
During an interview with the state Department of Human Services, “Farris stated that he did spank (the child), but never with her pants pulled down. Farris said he stopped spanking (the child) after (her mother) told him that he had left bruises,” the affidavit said.
The day after the child was interviewed at the Saville Center, the child’s grandfather obtained emergency protective orders against Farris and also the child’s mother on behalf of the 5-year-old and another child, court records show.
According to the affidavit, Farris is 6’2″ tall and weighs 250 pounds.