By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
An 18-year-old Enid woman is being held in lieu $50,000 bond after being charged with a felony count of child abuse.
Alexandria Gale McFerran is facing up to life in prison and/or a fine of $500 to $5,000 if convicted on the charge.
McFerran is accused of harming her 2-year-old child between April 20 and 23.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, Department of Human Services received a report April 23 about possible child abuse.
A child welfare worker spoke with a woman who said she’d witnessed McFerran abuse her two children.
The woman said McFerran had two children, ages 1 and 2, and she saw McFerran punch her 2-year-old in the face, giving the child a busted lip and bruise to the temple as a result, according to the affidavit. The woman also said McFerran regularly kicks the child in the head and when she does, she normally kicks the child three to four times, according to the affidavit.
The woman said she had also seen McFerran throw her 1-year-old on the floor for crying too much, according to the affidavit. The woman then provided photos of the injuries to the children to the child welfare worker.
Enid Police Department Detective Tim Doyle spoke with McFerran April 23 about the allegations of abuse.
McFerran told Doyle she already was aware of the allegations because the woman who’d spoken with DHS had told her she’s made a report.
Doyle asked McFerran why the woman would make a report with DHS, and McFerran said it was probably because she’d slapped her 2-year-old’s face the day before while at the woman’s house, the affidavit states. She said her child was fighting with the woman’s child over a toy so she slapped her 2-year-old on the back once, pulled him by the arm toward her and told the child to go outside to play.
Doyle asked McFerran about the allegations of her kicking the 2-year-old, and McFerran said it occurred at about 4 a.m. two nights before, according to the affidavit. She said she was staying with the woman, and she got mad at the child and kicked the 2-year-old in the buttocks, but wasn’t sure, according to the affidavit. McFerran said this is the only time she remembers kicking the child.
McFerran then told Doyle she realized this was a mistake and realized it was not OK, according to the affidavit.
Doyle said the woman reported she’d seen McFerran punch the child in the face, but McFerran said she did not punch the child in the face, according to the affidavit. Doyle asked McFerran if she hit the child in the face, and she said she did with an open hand, according to the affidavit.
Doyle asked her to explain, and McFerran said two nights before the 2-year-old poured Kool-Aid all over the carpet and she became angry. She said she just began swinging because she was so mad, but doesn’t exactly know where she hit the child, according to the affidavit. She knows she struck the child’s head or face at least a couple of times, according to the affidavit.
McFerran was ordered to return to court June 3 for a bond appearance.