By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man has admitted smashing a coffee pot on a 16-year-old girl’s hand — breaking the pot and causing her to be cut by the glass and scalded by hot liquid.
Timothy Ryan Dietrich, 40, pleaded guilty to a felony child abuse charge last week before District Judge Phillip Corley, who ordered a background report and allowed him to remain free on a personal recognizance bond pending his Nov. 22 sentencing.
Dietrich was arrested at his residence at 8:40 a.m. on April 28, less than an hour after Stillwater Police Officer Joshua Simpson was sent to a convenience store to talk to the girl, who is related to Dietrich, an affidavit said.
The girl, who was crying and had a small bloody cut on her right hand, said that Dietrich was intoxicated and “they had gotten into an argument right after her mother left for work sometime between 6 and 7 a.m.,” an affidavit said.
“She said she went to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee and Tim grabbed the coffee pot, told her she didn’t need any coffee, and slammed the pot onto her hand that was resting on the counter. She said the glass shattered all over the floor and counter,” the affidavit said.
She said, “Tim started coming toward her, so she grabbed the handle of the pot and went to push him away, hitting him in the ribs,” the affidavit said.
She said that when Dietrich went into his bedroom, she got her younger brother from his room and left the house to walk to a convenience store to find a phone, the affidavit said. Her brother “said he heard everything, but was too afraid to come out into the kitchen,” the affidavit said.
With Officer Jimmy Knox, Officer Simpson went to Dietrich’s residence and knocked on the door numerous times, the affidavit said.
The girl said that she needed to go inside, so she did and invited the officers in, the affidavit said.
When Dietrich was located, his eyes were bloodshot red and he was unsteady on his feet, as well as smelling of alcohol, the affidavit said.
“I walked to the kitchen where I saw pieces of broken glass on the counter and numerous empty beer and liquor bottles in the trash can,” Officer Simpson wrote in his affidavit.
“When Tim (Dietrich) was asked what happened, his answers were short, saying, ‘I didn’t do anything!’ and ‘That girl threw a pot at me!'” the affidavit said.
Dietrich raised his shirt to display a red mark on his ribs and he also had a cut on his hand, the affidavit said.
Asked where the girl’s younger brother was during the incident, “He said he was in his bedroom. I asked him if he thought he might have woken him up; he said he was pretty sure (the boy) was already up, since they were screaming at each other,” the affidavit said.