By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man, whose 2-year-old male toddler repeatedly ran onto or near the roadway in the 200 block of North Main Street when he was allegedly left unattended, has been ordered to appear in court on July 11 on five counts of child neglect.
The father, Jamaree Michael Swan, 28, who is free on $15,000 bail, faces a maximum penalty of life in prison on each count if convicted.
The mother, Aimee Sue Degraffenried, 22, who is free on $10,000 bail, has been ordered to appear in court on June 2 on one count each of child neglect and enabling child neglect.
The state Department of Human Services was notified by Stillwater police, according to an affidavit filed in the latest case.
On one occasion, the couple’s 1-year-old baby girl was left unattended in an apartment in a playpen containing large chunks of unknown food items and bottles containing stale liquid, court records allege.
In the latest case, a motorcyclist, who was wearing a GoPro with footage of the incident, said he was “northbound on Main and stopped at the light at Miller when he observed a small child run out onto Main Street,” at 4:26 pm on Jan. 30, an affidavit alleged. He said another driver stopped, got the child and turned him over to the motorcyclist, who called police, the affidavit alleged.
The motorcyclist said a man, who identified himself as the father, showed up and took the child with him, the affidavit alleged. He “believed that it was possible the father was high or otherwise intoxicated,” the affidavit alleged.
When police located the toddler’s residence, the mother was sitting in a Nissan with two children in the back seat, the affidavit alleged. “I asked her how the child had gotten out of the house today. She said that she did not know anything about that,” Stillwater Police Officer Skye Woodward wrote in an affidavit.
“Jamaree came outside and I asked him how his son had gotten out of the house again. He told me that his son had never gotten out. He also denied ever going to get his son. I told him that the person who called police had a GoPro. I could see (the toddler) in the backseat of the Nissan. He was dirty, but did not appear to be injured,” the officer alleged in the affidavit.
In earlier incidents, the same 2-year-old toddler was found unattended and near the roadway at the 200 block of N. Main on Sept. 5, 2021, and Sept 4, 2021, and also wandering near the roadway in the 600 block of E. Redbud on Aug. 31, 2021, while his infant sister was unattended in the family’s apartment, court records allege.