By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A 21-year-old Stillwater woman, who admitted jerking her four-month-old baby girl by her arm and causing a fracture, has been placed on three years’ probation with extensive conditions.
Brianna Leigh Miller, who pleaded guilty last week to child abuse, was ordered by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler to follow a state Department of Human Services individualized service plan, have a substance abuse evaluation, and complete any recommended treatment, as well as pay $250 in assessments.
Miller “admitted to being stressed out and frustrated due to family situations and not having the help she felt she needed with the children,” Stillwater Police Detective Cody Manuel wrote in an affidavit.
During an interview at the hospital, Miller said she grabbed the baby up from the couch by her upper arms and “jerked her up in a rough manner causing the spiral fracture,” to the baby’s right arm, the affidavit said.
Police had been called to the Stillwater Medical Center emergency room at 4:24 pm on Aug. 31, 2020, regarding possible child abuse, the affidavit said.
“The attending doctor’s opinion was that the sequence of events given by the mother were not consistent with the child’s injury,” the affidavit said.
Miller “had told staff two similar but slightly different stories about how the arm injury occurred,” the affidavit said.
In a third story, Miller told Stillwater Police Officer Cory Westbrook that she felt the baby’s arm pop as she picked her up roughly, the affidavit said.
“The child began to cry and her arm was limp. Brianna Miller then called her husband home from work and took the child to the emergency room,” the affidavit said.
The baby’s mother was arrested at the hospital at 6:40 pm and later free on $5,000 bond, court records show.
Since Miller was given a deferred sentence, she will not have a criminal record if she successfully completes the terms of her probation.