Drug results may influence sentence term for Tulsa woman

BILL BRAUN - Tulsa World Published: July 11, 2009
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TULSA — A Tulsa woman whose baby was killed by a puppy has tested positive for a drug that is not included in the list of medications she takes, according to a probation report.

A prosecutor filed a document in Tulsa County Juvenile Court this week asserting that Linzy Earles violated her probation by testing positive for benzodiazepines.

Benzodiazepines act as tranquilizers and are commonly used in treating anxiety or insomnia. Among other drugs, Valium and Xanax are types of benzodiazepines.

At a court review Thursday, Special Judge Terry Bitting indicated that reasonable efforts have been made to prevent the need to remove Earles from her home. Another hearing is set for next week.

Earles is on probation for second-degree manslaughter in the death of her infant son.

Prosecutors asserted that in July 2008 Earles left 2-month-old Zane Earles alone with a hungry puppy that fatally injured him at their house in the 2900 block of East 102nd Street.

Earles turned 18 on Oct. 24. Her case is being handled in juvenile court because she was 17 when Zane was killed.

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