By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater woman has pleaded guilty to punching a 15-year-old female relative in the face and arms, who later told a police officer “she was pretty sure all of the adults in the house were under the influence of meth,” court records show.
Mary April Barnett, 35, was placed on two years’ probation last week by Associate District Judge Stephen Kistler, who ordered her to take an anger management course, have mental health and substance abuse evaluations, perform any recommended follow-up, do 35 hours of community service, and pay $350 in assessments.
Stillwater Police Officer Joshua Simpson said that the girl’s left eye was bright red and swollen almost completely shut when he saw her at the Stillwater Medical Center emergency room at 3:24 p.m. on Feb. 15, according to an affidavit.
The girl said she was home with relatives, her parents’ friend and two friends about 6:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day when “she saw what she believed to be drug paraphernalia,” belonging to her parents’ friend “and she was going to get rid of it so her brother, who is autistic, wouldn’t find it and harm himself with it,” the affidavit said.
“She said when she grabbed it, (her parents’ friend) told her it wasn’t hers and to leave it alone. She said they began to argue,” and Barnett awoke, the affidavit said.
She said Barnett “told her not to be touching things that weren’t hers and to not be disrespecting adults in the house,” the affidavit said.
The girl “said she was pretty sure all of the adults in the house were under the influence of meth,” so she decided to leave, but Barnett “held the door shut with one hand and punched her numerous times in the face with the other,” the affidavit said.
She said “when she fell back against the wall, she raised her hands to try to defend herself and Mary (Barnett) started hitting the underside of her biceps too,” which were also bruised, the affidavit said.
She said after one of the male adults got in between them and got them separated, she immediately went out the front door along with her friend, the affidavit said.
“She said she was afraid if what Mary (Barnett) might do if she called the police or went to the hospital, so her and (her friend) stayed at a friend’s house until Feb. 15,” the affidavit said.
“She said she then called her grandparents and told them she was going to the hospital because her eye was swollen so much and she was in pain,” the affidavit said.
Her grandfather told the officer “that was exactly what her brother had told him in the hallway,” of the hospital, the affidavit said.
When the Stillwater officer contacted the state Department of Human Services, “someone responded immediately,” the affidavit said.
Stillwater Police Detective Sherae LeJeune and DHS interviewed Barnett, who was arrested after she said that she had struck the girl, the affidavit said.
Since Barnett was given a deferred sentence last week, she will not have a criminal record if she successfully completes her probationary period.