Two OKC Women Formally Charged In Severe Case Of Child Abuse


Tuesday, July 12th 2011, 10:59 pm
By: News 9


Michael Konopasek, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma County prosecutors formally charged Tuesday two women in connection with a severe case of child abuse.

It's a story News 9 broke in late June. Jennifer Chapman-Ragland is accused of allowing two men to rape a 3-year-old boy in exchange for drugs. The boy's mother, Leana Lauck, is accused of waiting nearly a day before bringing her son to the hospital.

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According to new court documents, the nightmare for the 3-year-old boy possibly lasted for three days at an Oklahoma City hotel on the southwest side.

On June 19, the boy was sent to Children's Hospital with a long list of injuries. The injuries include chemical burns on his face, a head injury and a torn rectum.

The formal charges state "the crime of child neglect was feloniously committed by Jennifer Ragland and Leana Lauck."

The charges accuse both women of not seeking medical attention for the toddler after the abuse.

Police say neither of the women is helping investigators find the two apparent day laborers who are accused of abusing the child. Sources close to the case say the women might be protecting a fellow drug dealer or pimp.

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Police would not say if they had any information on the suspects. If they do, News 9 has been told by police that they do not release suspect information without an arrest warrant, which has not been issued.

Family members told News 9 on Tuesday the boy is now living with a member of his immediate family.