McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

Police/Courts

September 5, 2013

Mother sentenced to 20 years in child abuse case

McALESTER — A mother was sentenced to 20 years, with half of that suspended, for watching as her boyfriend allegedly beat her 8-week-old baby girl, according to allegations in court documents.

The baby is now 6 months old and remains on life support, officials say.

Cassie Ragan, 29, of McAlester, pleaded guilty on Aug. 22 in Pittsburg County District Court to a felony charge of enabling child abuse by injury, court records state.

She was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended and fined $500. A second charge of child abuse was dismissed and Ragan was ordered not to be around any child under the age of 18, according to court records.

 Ragan’s 8-week old baby girl, Elayna Maree Daniel, was put on life support on May 5 after she was allegedly beaten by her mother’s boyfriend Nathan Lee Edwards, 22, court records state.

Edwards was charged May 13 in Pittsburg County District Court with one felony count of engaging in child abuse by injury and one felony count of enabling child abuse by injury.

Edwards allegedly slapped the baby on the top of her head, picked the baby up by one arm, shook the baby, slapped the baby on the back and threatened the baby when she was “crying or fussy,” the affidavit states.

Ragan allegedly saw this all occur and did nothing to stop the alleged abuse, according to the affidavit.

 Pittsburg County Deputy Tommy Lyons was called to McAlester Regional Health Center after the baby was brought by ambulance to the emergency room, court records state.

The baby was reported to have bruising on the head, arm and shoulder and was transported from the emergency room by medical aircraft to Tulsa, a police affidavit states.

The baby suffered from head and trunk blunt force trauma as well as multiple broken bones in various stages of healing, according to Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns.

On Wednesday Kerns said the child, who is now 6-months old, remains on life support.

Meanwhile, Edwards remains in the Pittsburg County jail in lieu of 250,000 bond.

 If convicted of the charges against him, he faces life imprisonment.

Edwards is due back in court Sept. 29 at  9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Police/Courts
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Fire Engulfs Tower Block in China Ocean Drones Making Waves in Research World Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier Raw: Ferry Captain Received Medical Treatment Hundreds Gather for Denver Pot Rally on Easter Transcript Reveals Confusion in Ferry Evacuation Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria
NDN Video
Lindsay Lohan Reveals She Had Miscarriage in Reality Show Finale ET Presents The Summer Movie Preview Teen hitchhikes in wheel well of flight from California to Hawaii Marathoners Celebrate Easter With Tradition Celebs Share Their Easter Fun Hundreds Gather for Denver Pot Rally on Easter Lauren Stoner Shows Off Her Incredible Bikini Body At Boston Marathon, a Chance to Finally Finish Dr. Phil Put In The Hot Seat By His Own Wife Jabari Parker's Top 5 Plays From Duke Career Kourtney Kardashian Is a Bikini Babe More Manpower Than Ever Expected At 4/20 Rally Debunk'd: Miley Cyrus AIDS, Cheeseburgers Cause Cancer, Military Warning Bill Previewing the NBA playoffs Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite My name is Cocaine Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.