Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
A 31-year-old Enid man was charged this week with child neglect, and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
James Mark Leon was charged Tuesday with the felony, which is punishable by one year to life in prison or a fine of $500 to $5,000. Online court records show bond on the arrest warrant has been set at $10,000.
Leon is accused of “failing or omitting to provide adequate supervision” of three children in May of last year, according to the charge. He also is accused of failing to seek medical attention for a child who was mauled by a dog.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department Sgt. Quent Tubbs responded at 3:41 p.m. May 9 to the 1000 block of North 11th in reference to a dog bite. Tubbs was told there were three dogs at the location of the incident that had mauled a child and woman.
When the sergeant arrived, he found Life EMS and Enid Fire Department personnel attending to a woman lying on a gurney in an ambulance, Tubbs wrote in the affidavit.
The woman, later identified as Melissa White, was struggling and being held down on the gurney, according to the affidavit.
Officer Shawn Aebi was in the front yard of 1018 N. 11th and was with Sharee Garlington, who was in handcuffs and struggling on the ground.
Aebi, who arrived first at the residence, said he found a 4-year-old boy and White at the front door of the residence, and both were bleeding from being bitten by a dog.
Aebi said the best he could determine, Garlington and her husband, Leon, were having a a verbal argument on their front porch at 1015 N. 11th and White took Garlington’s son across the street to get him away from the arguing.
Once White and boy got to the porch of 1018 N. 11th, they entered the residence uninvited, apparently scaring the dogs inside the house, which then attacked White and the 4-year-old boy, according to the affidavit.
Police learned Leon lived at 1015 N. 11th with Garlington and her three children, ages 4, 3 and 8 months. Also living at the residence were four others: White, John Wagner, Charles Ellis and a 17-year-old boy, who was later arrested as a reported runaway.
The 4-year-old had injuries to the face, left ear and buttocks, according to the affidavit. The injuries were severe enough the boy was immediately taken to surgery when he arrived at the hospital.
Wager, 21 at the time of the incident, had a felony warrant out of Kansas for arson and was arrested at the scene.
White was found to be so intoxicated at the time of the incident she fought medical personnel who were treating her, according to the affidavit. She was arrested and taken to jail.
Garlington was so intoxicated at the scene of the incident Aebi could barely understand her because of her slurred speech, according to the affidavit. Garlington was unable to give Aebi the correct names and date of birth for her children when asked.
Ellis, who attempted to get into the ambulance with White while she was being treated, refused officers’ commands to stay out of the ambulance and was arrested on a complaint of public intoxication, according to the affidavit.
Tubbs and other officers attempted to contact Leon at the scene and were unable to make contact. Leon was the father of one of the three children and was the last remaining adult at 1015 N. 11th officers had not arrested.
Police were told Leon had gone across the street to 1018 N. 11th and witnessed the dogs attack the 4-year-old and White before fleeing the scene, according to the affidavit. Leon was found later entering his residence through the back door.
Leon denied arguing with Garlington, but said he was aware of the injuries to the 4-year-old boy and White, according to the affidavit. Tubbs noted in his affidavit he could smell an odor he associates with the consumption of alcohol on Leon’s breath and person.