Mother is found dead after 911 caller reports kids playing in Midwest City street

An Oklahoma woman in her mid-20s was found dead inside her Midwest City home Wednesday morning. Officers found a 2-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother wearing pajamas in the front yard of the home.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Modified: January 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm •  Published: January 11, 2012

— Police had been to a home in recent months where a young mother was found dead Wednesday morning, Midwest City Police Chief Brandon Clabes said.

The woman, whose name has not been released, was found dead in the home after an anonymous caller dialed 911 about 10:30 a.m. and reported seeing children in the street outside a home at 933 Locust Lane.

When officers arrived, they found a 2-year-old girl and her 4-year-old brother wearing pajamas in the front yard.

When asked by officers where their parents were, one of the children told police “Mommy is asleep” in the house.

Police said the woman had obvious trauma to her body, but he did not give specifics about the nature of her injuries. The woman was in her mid-20s, police said.

Clabes said police had been to the home before, though he did not specify the nature of those calls. Clabes did confirm that a van had caught on fire in the home's driveway this past summer.

Neighbor Joan Williams said her son called police to report the children in the street.

“He saw them playing in the street and was concerned,” Williams said.

Williams said she didn't know the woman who was found dead in the home but had seen her at times over the last several months.

“It's kind of scary not knowing what was going on, a lot of us around here know each other, but we didn't know this family,” Williams said.

“Last year, they had quite a few problems with police coming and beating on their door. Some of the neighbor children said a body was found there last summer.”

Clabes said he had no immediate knowledge of a body found at the home last summer.

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