Eight Adults Arrested after Anadarko Police find 10 Children Living in Squalor

Anadarko police arrested eight adults on complaints of child neglect, child endangerment, and more after finding 10 children living in a home filled with filth.

According to reports, a 2-year-old child was taken to a local hospital with a burn on the toddler's lower back. Medical workers said the explanation given for the child's injury was "spilled noodles." They say the explanation did not make sense given the location, shape, and size of the burn. The hospital notified DHS, who called police to help them investigate.

When police went to the child's home at 3:00 in the morning, a small child answered the door. Police asked for an adult, and eventually, the child's grandmother, Karen Bohay, 61, came to the door.

Police say that the grandmother appeared to be intoxicated, slurring her words and speaking incomprehensibly. She collapsed on the porch as police attempted to question her, and she was treated by an EMT at the scene and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Relatives later said the woman had been abusing alcohol and prescription drugs.

After it was clear that the grandmother was not capable of caring for the children or talking to police, they asked the child if any other adult was home. The child replied, "No."

As police surveyed the home, they reportedly discovered ten children, aged 3 months to 12 years, living in the home. 

Police said conditions in the home were deplorable and unfit for children. They described observing overflowing garbage bags, mud, feces, dirty dishes, old food, and piles of clothes strewn about the home. Additionally, they say the home smelled of burnt marijuana, and they reportedly discovered marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia inside the home.

While police were at the residents, seven other adults returned home. Police say all eight adults and ten children--18 people in all--were living in the filth.

All eight adults were arrested on charges including child neglect, child endangerment, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and marijuana cultivation:

According to the Lawton Constitution, the arrested adults and their charges follow: 

  • Georgia Dawn Harris, 27, child neglect, $25,000 bond.
  • Billy Jack Anderson, 21, child neglect, cultivation of controlled substance, $50,000 bond
  • Stephanie Bohay, 18, child neglect, cultivation of controlled substance, $50,000 bond.
  • Douglas Allen Bohay, 27, child neglect, possession of controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, $30,000 bond.
  • Jacob Quawpaw Bohay, 26, child neglect, possession of controlled dangerous substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, $30,000 bond.
  • Russell Keith Bohay, 31, child neglect, $25,000 bond.
  • Jessie Bethann Bohay, 32, child neglect, $25,000 bond.
  • Karen J. Bohay, 61, child neglect, $25,000 bond.

The children were released into the custody of a "responsible" relative. 

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