By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater woman accused of failing to seek medical attention for her one-year-old baby boy, which allegedly resulted in his near death, was arrested on Tuesday, court records show.
Cady Dawn Flowers, 29, who has also been known by the surname of Jafek, was jailed on $20,000 bail pending her arraignment this afternoon on a child neglect charge, court records show.
Two months after allegedly committing child neglect in May, Flowers graduated from the Payne County Drug Court program, records show. Flowers was ordered to appear in court on Aug. 6 for sentencing by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler for possessing methamphetamine and syringes in 2016, to which she had pleaded guilty.
In the child neglect case filed against Flowers last week, two Payne County sheriff’s investigators talked to Dr. Mark Damon at the Stillwater Medical Center, where the one-year-old had been taken by ambulance to the emergency room on May 10, an affidavit said.
“Dr. Damon advised that based on the circumstances, the injury (the baby) sustained would likely be attributed to abusive head trauma,” an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Myers alleged.
The baby was transferred by helicopter on May 10 to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where an emergency craniotomy was performed in which the neurosurgeon made a finding of “left parietal epidural hematoma; bleeding from the dural artery,” the affidavit alleged. “A fresh blood clot was removed from (the baby’s) head and the artery cauterized,” the affidavit alleged.
“Child abuse pediatrician Dr. Michael Baxter was consulted and completed an exam with (the baby) on May 11 at 9:42 a.m.,” the affidavit said. “Based on his age, injuries and history, this is concerning for physical abuse,” the pediatrician said, according to the affidavit.
“During an interview with Cady at Stillwater Medical Center on May 10, she told us that (the baby) fell on May 8 at her residence from a standing height onto carpet,” the affidavit alleged. “She said that the only person other than her that had watched (the baby) was her neighbor…She said it was just long enough for her to go to Drug Court that afternoon,” Myers wrote in his affidavit.
On May 11, the sheriff’s investigators talked to the neighbor, who said she did not watch the baby on May 9 and had never watched him in the past, the affidavit alleged.
Myers interviewed a man who admitted that he did watch the baby several times on May 9 and that he was acting normally that morning, the affidavit alleged.
“He agreed to watch him again later that evening after Drug Court. He reported that (the baby) was asleep on the couch when she left. After a few minutes, (the baby) woke up and began to cry and began throwing up congealed milk,” the affidavit alleged.
After contacting his own mother to come and help him, the two sat with the baby, who “continued to vomit and cry out in pain,” the affidavit alleged. “He got a hold of Cady and told her she needed to come home and take (the baby) to the hospital because he was sick,” the affidavit alleged.
Cell phone records show that on May 9 at 8:12 p.m. the man texted the baby’s mother, “you need to get home and take this baby to the hospital,” the affidavit alleged.The baby was taken the following morning by ambulance to the Stillwater Medical Center’s emergency room, the affidavit alleged.