By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man accused of slapping his one-year-old baby in the face with an open hand on two different occasions has been ordered to appear in court on Nov. 2 when he can seek a preliminary hearing on two counts of injury to a minor child.
Dylan Zane Kelani, 43, remains free on $10,000 bond on the felony charges, court records show.
The baby’s mother left Stillwater with her children on May 10 “after Zane had left the home for a doctor’s appointment,” an affidavit said. She subsequently obtained an emergency protective order against Kelani, court records show.
The baby’s mother said “she felt that this was the best time to leave the home because she knew Zane would be gone from the home long enough for her to collect a few items from the home and then load her children up in their vehicle and leave, ” Stillwater Police Officer Cory Westbrook wrote in an affidavit.
She said “she left the home and went to her parents (in another city) so that she and her children would have a place to stay in safety away from Zane. Only then did she feel safe enough to call and report the incidents to the police,” the affidavit alleged.
She “did admit that there was a history of domestic violence in their past where Zane was mentally and physically abusive. However, she stated she did not wish to report what had happened, where it had happened, or when it had happened. She wanted me to be aware of their history, but only wished to report the abuse to her daughter by Zane,” the Stillwater officer alleged in an affidavit.
She said “she would not be going back to the home and would request a civil stand-by if she was in need of any items from the home. I did inform (her) of local facilities which could help her including Wings of Hope in Stillwater. I provided her with the telephone number and walked her through the process of obtaining an emergency protective order,” the officer wrote in an affidavit.
She said that the abuse in Stillwater “occurred multiple times,” the affidavit alleged.
She said that on Feb. 24, the baby’s father was sitting on the couch and holding the teething baby when the baby bit him on the arm, the affidavit alleged.
“She stated that Zane’s immediate reaction was to open hand slap (the baby) in the face/mouth area,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “she did not see the incident because she was in the other room. However, she heard a ‘skin on skin’ type of slap before hearing the baby crying,” the affidavit alleged.
“Zane advised (the baby’s mother) to get out of his face,” after the incident occurred to the baby, whose face was discolored and red around her mouth area, the affidavit alleged.
She said “Zane has been attending counseling and seeking help for his issues,” the affidavit said.
She said “she did not immediately remove herself and her kids from the home due to the fact that she was afraid of Zane. She explained to me that Zane had been physically and mentally abusive to her in the past. (She) also advised me that she was threatened by Zane on more than one occasion and she was scared to document the incident,” the officer alleged in the affidavit.
The day after the Feb. 24 incident, she said she took the baby to her pediatrician, who advised her to report the abuse, the affidavit alleged.
“I asked (her) why she did not report the abuse. Again, she advised me she was concerned for her daughter, but also worried that the abuse would continue or increase if she reported it in any way,” the officer alleged in the affidavit.
She “then stated that the abuse happened a second time on May 6, 2020, at their home,” in Stillwater while she was in the kitchen and the baby’s father was on the couch with the baby, the affidavit alleged.
She “heard a ‘skin on skin’ slapping sound, which she had heard in the prior incident in February,” the affidavit alleged. She said she heard the baby screaming “and knew that Zane had slapped the baby in the face again,” the affidavit alleged. She said the baby seemed afraid and hurt, the affidavit alleged.
She said she took the baby “from Zane and accused him of slapping her in the face,” the affidavit alleged.
She said “Zane advised her that she needed to back up or he would slap her too. (She) believed this to be true because he had hit her in the past and did not feel bad about doing so,” the affidavit alleged.