Man charged with child neglect, endangerment

Abelardo Mora Jr.

ENID, Okla. — A 22-year-old Enid man was arraigned Thursday on a felony charges of child neglect and child endangerment by driving under the influence following an Aug. 31 traffic stop.

Abelardo “Lalo” Mora Jr. was also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs.

He appeared free on $3,500 bond before Special District Judge Brian Lovell for arraignment. Lovell continued the posted bond and ordered Mora to return to court Oct. 21 for a bond appearance.

Mora faces from a year in county jail to life imprisonment and/or a fine of $500 to $5,000 on the neglect charge and up to four year imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $5,000 on the endangerment charge.

According to an affidavit filed in the case by Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Trooper Seth Wallace, at 9:19 p.m. on Aug. 31 Wallace saw a vehicle fail to stop for a stop sign at Randolph and U.S. 64.

The vehicle turned south onto U.S. 64 and made a wide right turn crossing the centerline and made an unsafe lane change a short distance later, according to the affidavit.

Wallace stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver, Mora, and passenger, Dakeisha Schmitt, and two 16-year-old girls.

Wallace noted after contacting those inside the vehicle he “immediately detected” the odor of burnt marijuana and saw two marijuana containers and a marijuana cigarette with a wet tip in the ash tray in the center console, according to the affidavit. Mora provided his license and insurance. Wallace noted Mora’s movements appeared to be “very lethargic,” his eyes were bloodshot, watery and droopy, and his speech was thick and slurred.

Wallace spoke with Schmitt and she said Mora has a medical marijuana card and all of the marijuana in the vehicle was his, according to the affidavit. Speaking with Mora again, Mora admitted to Wallace he smoked one and a half “blunts” about an hour and a half prior to the traffic stop.

Wallace conducted standard field sobriety tests upon Mora, who exhibited clues of intoxication and general indicators of intoxication, according to the affidavit. Wallace placed Mora under arrest for a complaint of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance.

Mora refused to take the state’s blood test due to his dislike of needles.

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