Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Gene William Lee & Stephanie Curtis Arrested for Child Abuse
Two Bartlesville residents face child abuse charges after an apparent temper tantrum staged outside a local hotel over the weekend.
Police arrested Gene William Lee, 29, and Geneva Stephanie Marie Curtis, 33, after witnesses called them to the scene of the incident.
It apparently began when people saw the family exiting the motel. One of the children apparently ran into the street and nearly got hit by a passing van.
The parents, witnesses say, showed no concern about the near disaster.
People who saw the near miss called out to the couple to watch their children better, at which point Lee reportedly removed the baby he had strapped in a chest carrier and threw the child to the ground.
Curtis then allegedly dumped two other toddlers out of strollers.
She faces a felony charge of child abuse after former conviction of two or more felonies, and Judge Russell C. Vaclaw set a bond of $20,000 and ordered her back to court July 31.
Curtis has prior convictions including domestic abuse, burglary, and assault on a police officer.
Lee also has prior convictions, including possession and sale of illegal drugs. He also faces a felony charge of child abuse after former conviction of two or more felonies, plus additional drug possession charges.
Police say they found marijuana in his possession after his arrest over the weekend.
The judge ordered him held on a bond of $25,000 and ruled that he have no contact with the alleged victim.