The Edmond Sun

Local News

March 25, 2013

Attorney defends client linked to day care incident

Police: 3-year-old suffered fractured leg in scuffle

EDMOND — An attorney for a woman accused of injuring a child at an Edmond day care facility said his client’s comments don’t match the allegation.

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed a felony child abuse charge March 18 against Toni Murphy, 25, of Oklahoma City, in Oklahoma County District Court. Prosecutors allege the defendant used “an unreasonable amount of force” in restraining a 3-year-old child, according to court records.

In an affidavit, Edmond Police Detective Chris Cook stated that probable cause exists for the filing of criminal charges against the defendant based on the following circumstances.

On Jan. 9, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services reported to the Edmond Police Department that a 3-year-old child had suffered a possible broken leg at a day care facility.

Officers contacted the parents and confirmed their child had suffered a broken femur while at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3001 S. Boulevard, Cook stated in the affidavit. It was reported that the defendant was an employee at the facility and was the only adult in the room at the time of the injury, the affidavit stated.

Cook stated that he interviewed the defendant two times and she agreed that the injury occurred while the victim was in her care.

On Jan. 17, he interviewed the defendant and asked her if the victim’s injuries might have happened while she was holding him down and possibly applying too much pressure to his legs, Cook stated. She stated, “That’s the only thing I can think of so I’m guessing yeah,” according to the affidavit.

They talked about how the victim was struggling with her and the detective asked her if the force she was using along with the force he was throwing himself backwards could have caused his leg injury; she stated “Yeah. Yeah,” according to the affidavit.

Gary Cantrell, the defendant’s attorney, said he has spoken with his client about the incident and the words she used to describe what happened were earnest. Cantrell said it does not sound like her actions fit the allegation.

Cantrell declined further comment pending the preliminary hearing conference, when he will get to speak to prosecutors.

First Church of the Nazarene Pastor Mark Hollingsworth deferred comment to the church’s attorney, Rodney Stewart.

Stewart said the church did the responsible thing in immediately terminating the employee who has not returned to the facility. No other issues were reported during her roughly five years of employment, Stewart said. Child safety is a top concern for day care managers, who have been in contact with the child’s parents, he said.

“It is a good day care run by good, caring people,” he said.

The day care remains open, Stewart said. He declined further comment.

Bond was set at $10,000, and the defendant was booked and released from the county jail on March 21, according to jail records. The defendant has not yet entered a plea in court.

marks@edmondsun.com | 341-2121, ext. 108

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Kenya Edmond man confesses to crimes in Kenya

    A federal grand jury alleges a 19-year-old Edmond man staying at a children’s’ home in Kenya engaged in illicit sexual conduct with residents ages 4-9.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS includes Edmond in heat advisory

    The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for areas including Edmond.
    It will be in effect from noon Tuesday to 7 p.m. Wednesday, a period during which afternoon heat index values will be near 105 degrees. Individuals exposed to the extreme heat for a prolonged period may develop heat-related illnesses, according to the NWS.

    July 22, 2014

  • Police respond to toddler tragedy at park

    A 2-year-old child has died after a tragic incident during the weekend at a popular Edmond park, a police spokeswoman said.

    July 22, 2014

  • Germans from Russia group plans annual meeting in Edmond

    The Central Oklahoma Chapter of American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will have its annual All State meeting on Aug. 9 at the Memorial Road Mennonite Brethren Church, 4201 E. Memorial Road, in Edmond.

    July 22, 2014

  • Goddard Students learn about animal behavior

    Animals can be fun, friendly and sometimes dangerous. That is what the students at Goddard School on North Western are learning this summer and this week they are learning about pets.
    Each summer Goddard School’s across the nation choose from a provided list of curriculum to use with their students that would be popular with the children. From learning about insects to a tiger safari, each summer is filled with creative learning.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Damaged areas not always first in line for FEMA funds

    As a massive tornado bore down on Moore on the afternoon of May 20, 2013, residents scrambled to find shelter.

    July 21, 2014

  • Edmond sex offender case, ‘Starkey law’ intersect

    A convicted Edmond sex offender faces additional legal issues including failing to register and living too close to a school, an incident report states.

    July 21, 2014

  • Spring Creek’s Reading teacher is Deer Creek’s Teacher of the Year

    She started teaching her stuffed animals at the age of five.
    “Great job, Teddy. Mr. Snuggles, thank you for raising your hand. Would you like to answer the next question?”

    July 21, 2014

  • MS_train 2.JPG Deputies investigate Logan Co. train wreck

    A mangled metal carcass is all that remains of a Jeep after it was pulverized at a railroad crossing in Logan County.
    Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Stephens said at 2:52 p.m. Sunday, the agency received a call about a train versus vehicle incident near the Academy-Camp intersection in south Guthrie.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • UCO campus 3.jpg University of Central Oklahoma recognized as having friendly work environment

    The Chronicle of Higher Education named the University of Central Oklahoma as one of the “2014 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central is the only higher education institution in the state recognized on the list and one of only a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the Honor Roll for being cited most often among all the recognition categories.          
    Central joins Duke, Baylor and Notre Dame on the list of the 10 universities named to the large institution honor roll.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man
Poll

If the Republican runoff for the 5th District congressional seat were today, which candidate would you vote for?

Patrice Douglas
Steve Russell
Undecided
     View Results