According to court records, the baby had a knot on its head, scratches, and was covered in dirt when it was initially taken to Sequoyah Memorial Hospital in Sallisaw. The baby was later transferred to a Tulsa hospital, where it was diagnosed with a bi-lateral skull fracture.
A Tennessee couple accused of child neglect after police discovered the couple's injured 7-week-old baby lying on the ground outside their vehicle in July received a five-year deferred sentence Thursday.
Ashley Marie Cleek, 21, and Kenneth Cleek, 35, each pleaded no contest to one count of child abuse and neglect in connection with the incident.
Kyle Waters, assistant district attorney, said the pre-sentencing report recommended the deferred sentences for the couple, who have no prior convictions.
According to court records, Vian Officer Denis Thomas was first on the scene July 7 after receiving a call from dispatch to conduct a welfare check at a vehicle. When Thomas arrived, all four doors to the vehicle and a spare tire rack were open.
Sequoyah County Sheriff's Deputy Lance Yoakum reported that Thomas saw what appeared to be a baby doll on the ground underneath the driver's side door. But when Thomas approached the vehicle, he saw the doll was actually an infant. An 18-month-old was also discovered in a car seat in the back of the vehicle, police reported.Authorities believe the mother, who was sitting in the vehicle, may have been holding the baby and dropped it.