GROVE — A Grove woman is being held on a complaint of child endangerment after fleeing from authorities with her malnourished 8-month-old daughter.
China Prater, 20, was being held Friday in the Delaware County jail in lieu of bail, said Delaware County sheriff's Capt. Gayle Wells.
An Amber Alert for Carolinn Altaffer was issued early Friday.
It misidentified Prater as China Altaffer, but the mother is not married to the infant's father.
After hours of negotiations, Prater brought Carolinn to Integris Grove General Hospital before 11 a.m. Wells didn't have information Friday afternoon on the whereabouts of the father, Ronald Altaffer, 23.
“The infant is safe and in custody,” Wells said.
The parents fled with Carolinn from their rural Grove residence Wednesday when they learned authorities were looking for them, officials said.
Delaware County Sheriff Harlan Moore said the infant was transferred to a Tulsa hospital. She weighs about 12 pounds and needed medical attention, Moore said.
Cherokee Nation Child Protective Services and the Department of Human Services were investigating the infant's health when her parents fled.
Moore said the family fled in a 2003 Chevrolet pickup with Oklahoma tag 474HLD.
Anyone with information about Ronald Altaffer's whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at (918) 253-4531.
In a Nov. 26 post on her Facebook page, China Prater wrote the child rolled off a bed and made several joking references to Ronald Altaffer finding her on the floor, laying on her back licking a chocolate bar wrapper.
In a follow-up post the next day, after someone questioned the fall, she wrote, “our bed lol its only a couple inches off the floor though. I wish i was there to see it. Its freaken funny to know she was so calm with a nutty bar wrapper and didnt stop licking it when her daddy walked in.”