January 30, 2014
A Cartwright man is accused of slapping an infant in the face.
Thomas Lee Brazeal, 21, was charged this week with injury to a minor child. According to court papers, Brazeal slapped the 4-month-old boy across the face in June 2012.
According to an affidavit by Sheriff’s Sgt. Jason Bannowsky, the child, who had contusions to the head, was brought to the Medical Center of Southeastern Oklahoma by his mother.
The affidavit states that Brazeal had been caring for the child while the mother was at work, He called her that day and said he stopped the child from crying, and that there were some bruises on the baby’s face.
Brazeal was questioned, and according to the affidavit, he said he was trying to soothe the baby when he observed bruising beginning to appear on the left side of the child’s face.
A Child Protective Services worker observed purple contusions on the child’s head and the left side of the face was swollen, the affidavit states. Sgt. Bannowsky looked at several photos of the child that showed an adult hand impression on the left side of the infant’s face.
A warrant was issued for Brazeal’s arrest.
In other crimes, The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee announced that Kenneth Todd Puckett, 40, Garland, Texas, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.