Grandmother charged with child neglect

Enid Police Department

ENID, Okla. — A third person has been charged with child neglect following the service of a search warrant in September at a residence in relation to a murder investigation.

Peggy Ann Williams, 67, was charged Nov. 1 with the felony and a warrant was issued for her arrest. She faces up to a year in county jail, up to life in prison and/or a fine of $500 to $5,000 on the charge.

Williams is accused of failing or omitting to provide adequate shelter and or sanitation for a 12-year-old and 13-year-old.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department officers served a search warrant at Williams' home, 1022 N. 9th, on Sept. 19,in relation to a murder. Inside, there was animal feces, food and trash throughout the home.

Detective Kevin Everley and Officer Courtney Cheatham went to the residence at 9:38 p.m. to secure it prior to the service of a search warrant, according to the affidavit. When the pair arrived, no one was home and other officers were notified the residence was secured.

While officers waited for the search warrant to be signed, Williams arrived at the residence with the two children. She said she was the grandmother of the children and the two lived at the residence, according to the affidavit. She said Blaine Coleman and Lindsey Nash, the children's parents, also lived at the residence but came and went as they pleased. Williams said she has tried to get Coleman and Nash to sign over the children to her but they refused, despite her being the children's primary caregiver.

Everley explained to Williams about the search warrant and said neither she or the children should enter the residence, according to the affidavit. Williams said she understood and said she did not know anything about the items police were searching for.

Detective Tanner Austin contacted Everley and said the warrant had been signed. Sgt. John Robinson and Officer Geoffrey McBride arrived to help serve the warrant.

When Everley opened the back door to make announcements into the residence he was "struck with an overwhelming smell of animal feces," according to the affidavit. When he opened the door, the family dog ran out of the residence to the children.

Everley entered the residence and made multiple announcements and identified himself and others as police officers, according to the affidavit. Everley noted seeing "a large amount of food and trash scattered around the residence" and a few pathways clear for foot traffic.

"While clearing the residence I noted almost every surface of the residence and the property inside was crawling with cockroaches," Everley wrote in the affidavit. "I also observed a small cat and located multiple litter boxes that were full of cat feces. I also observed animal feces around the residence and in every room of the residence."

The kitchen sink was full of dirty dishes and dirty dishes were "scattered around" the residence, according to the affidavit. There also were empty and full food containers in the kitchen, dining room and living room. Some of the items found out were supposed to be refrigerated.

Everley noted there was a large amount of food in the residence and the kitchen had running water, according to the affidavit. While searching through clothing in the residence, cockroaches would "scatter."

Coleman and Nash were charged Sept. 24 with child neglect. Coleman is set for a bond appearance Dec. 2 on his charge and is set for preliminary hearing Feb. 7, 2020. Nash is scheduled for a bond appearance in her case Dec. 6.

Coleman and Nash were among six arrested in September in connection to the murder of Diana Baez, 41. Coleman and Nash were arrested on complains of child abuse and Nash also was arrested on a complaint of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute.

Bond on the warrant for Williams was set at $5,000.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains.
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