Investigators Arrest Parents In Canadian County Child Neglect Case


Thursday, August 6th 2020, 9:30 pm
By: Bonnie Campo


CANADIAN COUNTY -

The Canadian County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a mother and father following a case of child neglect near El Reno.

In May, deputies were called out to the scene for a shooting investigation. 

A neighbor claimed that Curtis Booth shot their dog, and that’s when investigators said they discovered Booth was a felon and should not have had a gun in his possession.

Deputies requested a search warrant for the home and said before they even went through the doorway, they could smell animal feces and urine.

“The minute that we walked up to the door, we could smell the ammonia, urine, and fecal matter outside on the doorstep,” said Captain Adam Flowers, Canadian County.

There was a 14-year-old and 7-year-old at the home.

Deputies said they also found a shotgun in the 7 year old’s room, hanging on the wall unloaded, but that was within reach of the child. 

Raw animal meat was stored in the fridge, according to investigators and blood from that animal had spilled onto many items within the refrigerator. 

“There was also eggs that had fecal matter all over the eggs,” said Flowers.

He said there was also animal feces in the bathroom that was smeared on the floor and walls. 

Deputies said it posed health concerns for the children and DHS was contacted.

“They can't brush their teeth without stepping in fecal matter...It's time for us, law enforcement and the state to step in,” said Flowers.

Charges were filed this week against both Curtis Booth and his wife Bertha Booth. 

Curtis has already bonded out of jail, but investigators said he also has a child neglect case against him in Logan County. 

The two agencies are working together to accelerate his case.

Court appearances have not been set on the online court records database.