SPENCER — An early childhood teacher assistant was jailed after her two adopted children were locked out of their home during the day for several days, Spencer police report.
Karen Bradford, 47, was arrested Monday on complaints of enabling child neglect and abandonment of child under 15. Her son, Aaron Bradford, 28, was arrested on complaints of child endangerment, according to the arrest report.
An anonymous caller told police two girls, 11 and 13, had been locked outside their home in the mornings and remained outside until the owner of the home went to bed, according to the report.
An officer and the police chief went to the residence, 5480 Sunset Terrace, and saw the girls sitting on the front porch, reading books. The 13-year-old girl told police Aaron Bradford gave them a bag of snacks and jug of water then locked them out of the house, according to the report.
The girls told police their brother doesn't trust them. “It's OK though. He does it all the time,” one girl said. “I can usually get in the house by crawling in my window.”
Police noticed the girls had bug bites on their legs and were dirty. They said the house did not have running water, according to the report.
The girls said Karen Bradford, the woman who adopted them, knew they were locked out. She was living in Midwest City, they said.
Aaron Bradford told police the girls were living with him and his brother because their mother needed “a break away from the girls.”
“Once we arrested her son, she told the little girls that they were no longer welcome at her home,” Police Chief Virgil Green said. “She didn't show any kind of remorse about any of it.”
The girls were taken into protective custody.
Karen Bradford and Aaron Bradford were booked into the Oklahoma County jail and were released on bail, jail officials said Wednesday.
Karen Bradford works for the City-County Head Start in Spencer, working with 4-year-olds in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, district spokeswoman Tierney Tinnin said.
A phone number for City-County Head Start has been disconnected.