Two Arrested For Child Neglect After Girl Tests Positive For Meth


Friday, April 16th 2021, 4:07 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine


OKLAHOMA CITY -

A mom and a stepfather are facing charges of child neglect after their 13-year-old daughter who has autism tested positive for meth.

Oklahoma City police arrested Christopher Coker and Bridget Owens on complaints child neglect after finding very poor living conditions, a slew of needles lying around their home, and a child testing positive for meth.

After receiving several reports of drug use and meth manufacturing at this apartment on the northwest side of the metro, Oklahoma City police and the Department of Human Services started investigating.

"There were needles laying out everywhere when the officers went to the home," Oklahoma City police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.

According to the court documents, DHS investigators saw "multiple adults leaving the residence ... who were referred to as drug user types" and described the home as "extremely filthy and in a deplorable state."

Their neighbor, who did not want to be on camera, said she's not shocked by the news.

More concerning was a 13-year-old child with autism also living at the home.

"Sadly, the 13-year-old girl tested positive for methamphetamine,” Knight said.

She also tested positive for nicotine and was reported to have "violent outbursts" with a "very limited vocabulary."

"She was in a very unsafe and dangerous environment," Knight said.

The court documents said the child "had not been in school or seen a doctor in two years."

Police said the 13-year-old child has been placed in protective custody.

Both Coker and Owens are scheduled to have their first court hearing on May 4.