By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
An Enid woman is charged with child neglect and drug possession after her 4-year-old child walked into a nearby school last week.
Destini Renee Patterson, also known as Destiny R. Seal, was charged with child neglect, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor and within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She faces up to life imprisonment or a year in county jail and/or a fine of $500 to $5,000 on the neglect charge, four to 20 years imprisonment on the drug charge and up to a year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000 on the paraphernalia charge.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department Officers Steve Varney and Tommy Davis responded at 10:54 a.m. March 29 to Monroe Elementary School, 400 W. Cottonwood, after someone called and said they had found a child.
Officers spoke with a woman from the school who said they found the child at about 10:50 a.m., according to the affidavit. She said the child had walked over to the school and said her mother was still asleep. The woman told police the child came from 413 W. Cottonwood.
The woman said there had been other problems with children from that home walking over to the school, and three other children had been removed from the home three days before, according to the affidavit.
The officers went across the street to 413 W. Cottonwood and found the front door open but the glass door shut. They knocked loudly but no one answered or came to the door.
The officers entered the home to check on the mother’s welfare and found Patterson asleep, according to the affidavit.
Patterson told police her children were sleeping with her in bed, but upon checking said her daughter was gone, the affidavit states. She said her daughter had laid down with her at about 8 a.m. and she never heard her get up and leave.
The affidavit also noted Patterson’s infant child was asleep in a car seat on the bed.
Sgt. Kevin Bezdicek went to the home and received permission to search Patterson’s room.
Bezdicek found several small plastic bags containing a residue that tested positive for methamphetamine, syringes and a metal spoon with residue and a piece of cotton in it in a cabinet, according to the affidavit.
Kelly Bradley, with Department of Human Services, came to the home and said she had removed three children from 413 W. Cottonwood three days before. Bradley also told police she had been at the residence the night before speaking to Patterson about her actions.
Patterson will be arraigned on the charges this morning.