The Durant Police Department and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services are investigating a case involving a girl who might have a sexually transmitted disease, although police said there is no evidence at this point to show she got the disease due to sexual contact.
Durant Police Investigator Drew Hale said the case is in the preliminary investigation stage now and that the girl supposedly has one of the less common STDs, but it’s not clear how she contracted it and it could have been from a towel or she even could have been born with the disease.
“There are a number of ways you can get it and it doesn’t have to be sexual,” Hale said.
A post on a Facebook page wrongly stated that Playland Daycare had been under investigation. Hale said that daycare had never been under investigation and that the child attended another daycare. The administrator of the Facebook page has since written a correction.
Nothing in the investigation has implicated a daycare, according to Hale, and he said police are not investigating the daycare the girl attended, although DHS is looking into it as part of its investigation.
“If it (the STD) did come from the daycare, it did not come from lack of cleanliness,” Hale said. “It was probably from another child.”
There is no indication in the preliminary stages that the girl was sexually assaulted.
Hale said the case was discovered after the child went to the doctor to be treated for a stomach ache and the STD was discovered during a urinalysis.
“You can also get false positives, so she may not have anything at all,” Hale said, adding that he hopes the department will learn more in a week. “This may not be anything.”