The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 17, 2013

EPS employee arrested for injuring 1-year-old, being held without bond

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An Enid Public Schools employee is being held without bond in Garfield County Detention Facility on suspicion of causing injury to a child.

Enid Police Department Sgt. Dustin Albright said Brandon S. Chattam, 27, was arrested after police were summoned early Friday morning to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s emergency room, in reference to a 1-year-old child with numerous visible injuries.

“Apparently, the child’s mother brought the child to the emergency room due to the injuries,” Albright said in a written statement. “Detectives were called to investigate this matter and went to the mother’s residence. They spoke with the mother’s boyfriend, Brandon Chattam, at ... 508 E. Oak.”

Chattam was arrested on complaints of injury to a minor child and possession of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a park.

“DHS was also notified and the child was treated and released from the emergency room,” Albright said.

Amber Fitzgerald, human resources and communications director for EPS, confirmed Chattam is a truck driver for the central kitchen.

Fitzgerald said EPS does have the option to immediately suspend an employee if there is a concern, instead of waiting for investigation to be complete.

“There’s nothing more important to EPS than the safety of our students,” Fitzgerald said.

She said that under state law, a person convicted of any felony cannot work for any school district.