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July 12, 2013

Woman gets probation on child neglect, drug charges

ENID, Okla. — An Enid woman received 10 years probation after pleading guilty Thursday to drug and child-neglect charges.

Destini Renee Patterson, 24, was charged April 2 with child neglect, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, within 1,000 feet of a school and possession of drug paraphernalia, after police responded to a call at an elementary school.

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 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.

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.

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 previously had removed 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 pleaded guilty to all three of the charges, online court records show. She was given 10-year suspended sentences for each felony count and a one-year suspended sentence on the drug paraphernalia charge, all to run concurrently to each other.

She also was ordered to pay fines and court costs, jail costs and will be subject to the conditions of probation and random urine analysis.

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