By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater woman with a history of methamphetamine use has pleaded guilty to child neglect for failing to seek medical attention for her one-year-old baby boy.
Prosecutor Debra Vincent told the judge in court last week, “The child almost died because he didn’t have proper medical attention.”
“This child will be subject to adoption, not be returned to this defendant’s custody,” the prosecutor advised the judge.
The baby’s mother, Cady Dawn Flowers, 29, who has also been known by the surname of Jafek, has been jailed for the past six months on $20,000 bail, court records show.
As part of a plea bargain, Flowers was given a one-year jail sentence followed by nine years of probation with an order to undergo random drug tests.
Flowers was also ordered by District Judge Phillip Corley to enroll in Work Force Oklahoma or be a full-time student and pay a $960 prosecution fee plus $350 in other assessments along with court costs and the cost of her incarceration, as well as provide a DNA sample.
The judge told Flowers in court, “When this incident occurred, you were in Drug Court. Make sure you take care of your drug issues, so you don’t appear in this court again.”
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, 2019, an affidavit said.
“Dr. Damon advised that based on the circumstances, the injury (the baby) sustained would likely be attributed to abusive head trauma,” Payne County Sheriff’s Investigator Brandon Myers wrote in an affidavit.
The baby was transferred by helicopter that day to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where an emergency craniotomy was performed in which the neurosurgeon found “left parietal epidural hematoma; bleeding from the dural artery,” the affidavit said. “A fresh blood clot was removed from (the baby’s) head and the artery cauterized,” the affidavit said.
“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,” Myers wrote in his affidavit.
“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 said.
Myers interviewed a man who admitted watching the baby several times on May 9 and said he was acting normally that morning, the affidavit said.
“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 said.
After contacting his own mother to come help him, the two sat with the baby, who “continued to vomit and cry out in pain,” the affidavit said. “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 said.
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 said.
The baby was taken the following morning by ambulance to the Stillwater Medical Center’s emergency room, the affidavit said.