March 30, 2010
17-year-old baby sitter arrested on count of injury to a minor child
By Cass Rains, Staff Writer Enid News and Eagle
ENID — Police arrested a 17-year-old Enid girl on one count of injury to a minor child in a March 23 incident involving a 22-month-old.
The teen was arrested after confessing to causing the facial injuries to Evelynn Brown last week.
Enid Police Department Capt. Jack Morris said the girl told Detective Nick John she had been baby-sitting for Brown’s mother the night the incident occurred. She said she was baby-sitting three children that night and became frustrated with the toddler because she would not stay in bed and kept wanting her mother.
The girl admitted she pushed the child in the back, causing her to fall and strike her face on the kitchen floor. The girl said she noticed redness on the child’s face and the girl began to scream, so she held her and told her she was sorry.
The girl told police when the child calmed down, she put her back to bed and left about an hour later because she was scared. The girl told detectives she never checked on Brown before leaving.
John placed the girl under arrest, and she was detained at Enid Community Intervention Center while awaiting a juvenile detention hearing.
Police are not releasing the 17-year-old’s name be-cause of her age.
“It takes special investigators to work child abuse cases because of seeing the abuse that occurs to a child,” Morris said. “With that being said, Detective Nick John and Sgt. Dustin Albright did a wonderful job and worked diligently to find who caused the injuries to Evelynn Brown.”
Police were contacted about 9:30 a.m. March 24 by medical personnel at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, who reported a suspected case of child abuse. Detectives arrived at the hospital and initiated an investigation. The child had suffered injuries to her face, head and neck. She was treated and released at the hospital.